2017 Reader Favorites – #3: Thundercat

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of the top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls, or anything else. Just having some fun.


Thundercat had a pretty monster year in 2017. Back in March, he released his long-awaited full-length album, Drunk, which was followed by a world tour announcement. In November, Ibanez announced the new TCB1006 bass they teamed up with Thundercat to produce. His videos were also some of the most watched of the year.

Add it all up, and this put him on the top 10 reader favorites list for the first time in our history.

Ibanez and Thundercat Team Up For The TCB1006 Bass

1. Ibanez and Thundercat Team Up For The TCB1006 Bass

Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner has been turning heads for years, including when he debuted his signature Ibanez hollow-body bass on stage a few years ago. Now Ibanez and the bassist have teamed up to release the bass as a model in the company’s lineup. Made in the company’s Japanese workshop, the TCB1006 is a six-string built…

Thundercat: Show You the Way

2. Thundercat: Show You the Way

Thundercat was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, and man was it good. Joined by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, they performed “Show You the Way,” from Thundercat’s latest album, Drunk.

Thundercat: A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)

3. Thundercat: A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)

Thundercat’s latest album Drunk has been getting rave reviews and for good reason. The songs are hypnotic and the bass playing is on point. Here’s Thundercat performing the song “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song II)”, live on The Current. The bassist slays on his 6-string hollow body for the song’s groove and his solo.

Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

4. Thundercat: NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Thundercat has a style all his own. His playing is unbelievable and his songs are earworms. That’s evidenced on his recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert from October. With bandmates Dennis Hamm, Justin Brown, and Miguel Antwood Ferguson, the bassist plays through three tracks from his album, Drunk: “Lava Lamp,” “Friend Zone,” and “Them Changes.” Check…

Thundercat Releases “Drunk”

5. Thundercat Releases “Drunk”

Thundercat’s long awaited full-length followup to 2015 EP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is finally out. Drunk is a 23-track exploration of the bassist/vocalist’s dark humor marked by shorter, more intense musical vignettes. As always, his unique six-string chordal playing creates a dream-like sonic playground punctuated by funky licks and quirky lyrics. Thudercat,…

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