Dave Schools Shares “Bass Godz” Playlist
If you’re looking for some bass-heavy tunes featuring some of the greatest players to ever pick up our instrument, Dave Schools has you covered. The Widespread Panic bassist curated a Spotify playlist of 21 songs with bass lines that “influenced and perplexed” him as a young player.
“It is not meant to be a Top-21 list of greatest bassists but rather a playlist of tunes that are important to me because the bass playing moved my brain, heart, soul, and/or butt…” he shared in a Facebook post.
The list includes songs anchored by Larry Graham, Jack Casady, Berry Oakley, Chris Squire, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, James Jamerson, Scott Thunes, Jaco Pastorius, Wilton Felder, Oteil Burbridge, Charles Mingus, Phil Lesh, George Porter Jr., Bootsy Collins, Allen Woody, Geezer Butler, Jack Bruce, Roger Waters, and Sir Paul McCartney. That’s a hell of a starting point, but don’t worry if your favorite player isn’t on the list.
“Yes, I left some bassists off because I wanted to keep it as short as possible,” Schools explains. “Perhaps there will be a Volume 2 playlist with more contemporary bassists and deep cats.”