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No matter the genre, Béla Fleck has always kept the best of musical company in his bands. That goes especially for bassists, and his new album “My Bluegrass Heart” continues that trend.
Peter Hook has recently put up a load of his gear and memorabilia from his New Order days up for auction. This week we’re checking out a custom bass built for him by Chris Eccleshall.
Australian Punk outfit Amyl and the Sniffers has returned with their second full-length album, entitled “Comfort To Me”. The album’s unrelenting energy is anchored by bassist Fergus Romer, whose biting tone helps to propel the group’s riffs.
Fender has just announced an update to their Player Series. The “Player Plus” line includes three basses, offers upgraded playability and electronics.
Leland Sklar is known for his amazing playing as well as his big heart. The legendary session bassist is showing that once again by auctioning off one of his basses to benefit the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee.
Another jazz legend has left us. George Mraz, who played with everyone from Chet Baker to John Abercrombie, has passed away of undisclosed causes. He was 77 years old.
Guitar legend Steve Vai has announced an extensive U.S. tour that will cover the nation over 54 appearances. Vai will be joined by his long-time bandmates Dave Weiner, Jeremy Colson, and bassist Philip Bynoe.
RightOn! Straps have introduced their first signature strap with the Paul Turner model. The Jamiroquai bassist’s new strap comes in black with white contrast details or white with black details.
Roger Newell has passed away following an aortic aneurysm. He was 73 years old. Newell was best known for his work with Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who shared memories of the bassist on his website.
Static-X is continuing to honor their fallen frontman, Wayne Static, with a new tour. Tony Campos will be on the date with Static-X and Fear Factory, , while bassists Acey Slade and Ryan Farrell will be on tap for Dope and Mushroomhead.
Soul music legend Melvin Dunlap has passed away at the age of 76. The news was shared by his son, Lamont, on Facebook.
King’s X frontman and bass hero Dug Pinnick has announced that his fifth solo album, entitled “Joy Bomb”, will be dropping on October 15th. The record marks his first solo album of new material since 2013.