Reader Spotlight: Michael Hamer

Michael Hamer

Michael Hamer grew up in a house full of music. That, plus the fact that his parents bought him a bass and amp for Christmas when he was 14 set him off on a life-long musical journey. Nearly five decades later, Michael is still at it, performing regularly with two groups.

Michael is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s his story…


I love playing the bass guitar! It’s the thing that I’m best at, and that I’ve done the longest. There was always music playing at my house when I was a child. Jazz and R&B were what I heard growing up. I remember hearing Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Bill Evans, James Brown, and lots of Motown. I didn’t realize that my ear always gravitated to the bass in all of those songs. That increased as I became a teenager. My parents got me a bass and amp for Christmas when I was 14. I’ve been playing ever since.


Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

Day gig:

Bass guitarist for “The Soul of Motown” show and “The American Hit Parade” show at the Grand Majestic Dinner Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Years experience:

48 Years.


Lakland 55-01 (modified), Modulus Graphite Q6 TBX, Revsound 410t, Acme Low B2, TC Electronics BG250, Carvin B1000.

Why I play the bass:

I had aspirations of playing bass with Jimi Hendrix one day. Sadly, he passed away before I got the opportunity. I was raised in Jamaica, New York. There were a lot of really great bass players back then. Some are well known and some are not.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I have learned that less is more. That silence is one of the loudest notes that a musician can play. With bass, timing and groove are the most important things. To treat every gig with a positive attitude, and be as compliant as possible to whomever I am working for.

My influences:

Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, Mark King, Stanley Clarke, David Dyson, Gerald Veasley, Andrew Gouche, Fred Hammond, Bernard Edwards, and David Frank of the System.

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