Groove – Episode #107: Bobby Wooten III
In the world of the electric bass, it’s the musical virtuosos like Bobby Wooten III who bring new live to the instrument’s boundless narrative. With fingers that dance on the strings crafting rhythms that resonate with the core of musical expression, Bobby is more than just a bass player. He’s a storyteller, a rhythmic poet, a creator whose work transcends the ordinary.
The essence of Bobby’s prowess shines bright with his involvement in the critically acclaimed musical saga, American Utopia, alongside the iconic David Byrne (Talking Heads). In a setting where the ordinary boundaries of music are transcended to portray a different kind of performance (whether you caught the tour or the Broadway musical version or the Spike Lee directed movie), Bobby’s bass lines (and dancing) served as a rhythmic bridge connecting the six percussionists with the palpable tunes and rhythms of the songs.
Transitioning from the contemplative realm of American Utopia to the upbeat and vibrant world of pop with Carly Rae Jepsen, Bobby’s versatility comes to the forefront. From musicals like “Moulin Rouge” to TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and to his recent performance alongside Post Malone for his NPR Tiny Desk concert, Bobby is always looking for a new canvas to paint on.
Raised in Chicago, he credits his family’s gospel Wooten Choral Ensemble as his first and main inspiration. He’s also worked with Jennifer Lopez, Machine Gun Kelly, Jennifer Hudson and many more. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, he even launched the internet series, “America, Learn Your History.”
In this episode we delve deeper into the mind of a bassist who sees beyond the strings. It’s about exploring the journey of a musician who, with every thump, lays down a rhythmic narrative that’s as engaging as it is enlightening.
Enjoy the conversation…