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Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Managing Editor

Kevin joined No Treble in 2009 as a contributor and later became the Managing Editor. Kevin is a true bass enthusiast and activist. In addition to writing for No Treble, he is Jazz Division Head for the Bass Coalition, which seeks to foster community and education through promoting local bass events including workshops, performances, and other events. He’s also a freelance bassist and teacher in the Northern Virginia area. Though his performances revolve around jazz, Kevin appreciates all genres of music, from R&B to metal and everything in between.

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Mel Bay Releases “Extreme Bass Grooves” Instructional Book
Sheet Music & Instruction

Mel Bay Releases “Extreme Bass Grooves” Instructional Book

Mel Bay has published a new bass instructional book by Peter Washburne entitled “Extreme Bass Grooves.” The 40-page book is designed to engage your creativity while exploring the fretboard.

Walter Becker’s Music Gear to Be Auctioned
News

Walter Becker’s Music Gear to Be Auctioned

Julien’s Auctions has announced an auction set for October that will feature a massive amount of music gear owned by late Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker. The auction is set for October 18th and 19th.

Billy Sherwood Releases “Citizen: In The Next Life”
New Albums

Billy Sherwood Releases “Citizen: In The Next Life”

Billy Sherwood has been keeping busy with his bass duties in Yes and Asia, but he’s somehow managed to make the followup to his 2015 solo album, “Citizen.” The new chapter is entitled “Citizen: In The Next Life” and it continues the album’s concept.

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Add New 30th Anniversary Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones Add New 30th Anniversary Tour Dates

Béla Fleck & The Flecktones are keeping the party going as they’ve announced a second leg of their 30th Anniversary Tour. The group’s next round of touring will focus on the East Coast from November to March of 2020.

Bass of the Week: Eye’s Bass Guitars EBG-3 “Jackson”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Eye’s Bass Guitars EBG-3 “Jackson”

Eye’s Bass Guitars is a company run by builder Marc Locher, who creates distinctive instruments. Each one is a unique piece that features an equally unique concept. This week we’re checking out the EBG-3 “Jackson.”

D&A Guitar Gear Unveils the Hammerhead + Folding Music Stand
Accessories & Strings

D&A Guitar Gear Unveils the Hammerhead + Folding Music Stand

D&A Guitar Gear has expanded their line of music stands with the Hammerhead + Folding Music Stand, which will debut at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. The stand has several built-in features for today’s gigging situations.

Martin Guitars Revamps Authentic Acoustic Bass Strings
Accessories & Strings

Martin Guitars Revamps Authentic Acoustic Bass Strings

Martin Guitars has revamped their lineup of strings with the Authentic Acoustic SP Bass set for acoustic bass guitars. The strings have been adjusted for 2019.

Slayer Announces Final Tour Dates with Primus, Ministry, Philip Anselmo
Concerts & Tours

Slayer Announces Final Tour Dates with Primus, Ministry, Philip Anselmo

Since announcing their farewell tour last year, Slayer has been unleashing their signature thrash metal around the world. The band announced the final leg of dates, dubbed “The Final Campaign,” with Primus, Ministry, and Philip Anselmo.

Boss Unveils the SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Boss Unveils the SY-1 Synthesizer Pedal

Boss has announced the SY-1, a synthesizer pedal that brings their latest technology to a compact format. The unit has 121 synth sounds they say “makes it simple for any guitarist or bassist to incorporate an authentic Boss synth into their music.”

Bass/Drum Duo Clatter Returns with “Pull Back for Sound”
New Albums

Bass/Drum Duo Clatter Returns with “Pull Back for Sound”

The bass and drum “power-proggy” duo Clatter has returned with a new album called “Pull Back for Sound.” Featuring bassist Amy Humphrey and drummer Joe Hayes, the Missouri-based group went overseas to record the effort.