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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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Walrus Audio Introduces the Eons Five-State Fuzz Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Walrus Audio Introduces the Eons Five-State Fuzz Pedal

Walrus Audio has introduced a new fuzz pedal called the Eons. The pedal has five selectable fuzz textures for delivering “massively thick sounds.”

Carlo Mombelli Releases “Lullaby For Planet Earth”
New Albums

Carlo Mombelli Releases “Lullaby For Planet Earth”

South African bassist and composer Carlo Mombelli has released a new album called “Lullaby For Planet Earth,” which evokes beautiful and complex emotions over ten original songs.

Orange Revives Vintage Sustain, Distortion, and Phaser Pedals
Pedals & Effects

Orange Revives Vintage Sustain, Distortion, and Phaser Pedals

Orange Amplification has launched three pedals from their archives with the new Retro 1970s Effects Pedals line. The Orange Phaser, Orange Sustain, and Orange Distortion retain their vintage characteristics while being reworked for the present day.

Berry Oakley, Jr.’s Home Destroyed, GoFundMe Campaign Set Up
News

Berry Oakley, Jr.’s Home Destroyed, GoFundMe Campaign Set Up

Hurricane Ian left a wide path of destruction across Florida and the Southeast United States. Many homes were destroyed, including the home of Berry Duane Oakley. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help him and his family.

Bass of the Week: Sletch Guitars Boogie Bass
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Sletch Guitars Boogie Bass

This week, we’re checking out the Sletch Guitars Boogie Bass. This particular Boogie Bass is the company’s fifth build and is fully handcrafted.

Wasafiri: Wasafiri Theme
Bass Videos

Wasafiri: Wasafiri Theme

Wasafiri has just released their debut album, “Klearlight.” Here’s the video for “Wasafiri Theme”, with bassist Max Gerl sharing the melody with several other members before launching into a blazing, hypnotic, Jaco-esque groove. Hang on tight!

Alberto Rigoni and Michael Manring Release “Grains of Sand”
New Albums

Alberto Rigoni and Michael Manring Release “Grains of Sand”

Bassists Alberto Rigoni and Michael Manring have teamed up release an instrumental album called “Grains of Sand” that ranges from prog to fusion and ambient sounds. The duo has worked together before, most recently on Rigoni’s “Song for Souls.”

Ernie Ball Reveals Ball Family Reserve Fall 2022 Collection
Basses

Ernie Ball Reveals Ball Family Reserve Fall 2022 Collection

Ernie Ball has announced the Fall 2022 lineup of the limited edition Ball Family Reserve collection, which is set to include two basses, both of which are takes on the StingRay.

Marek Bero Publishes “Bass Gym 101 – Essential Plectrum Grooves”
Sheet Music & Instruction

Marek Bero Publishes “Bass Gym 101 – Essential Plectrum Grooves”

Marek Bero used to be in the camp that “real bassists play with fingers.” However, he came to accept and appreciate playing with a pick. Now he is spreading the love with his ninth book, “Bass Gym 101 - Essential Plectrum Grooves.”

JP Ferreira of JP Basses Returns with New Brand, KISSBASS
Basses

JP Ferreira of JP Basses Returns with New Brand, KISSBASS

In 2006, luthier Jean-Philippe Ferreira retired from building basses, and the JPBasses brand was licensed to Pete Skjold in 2011. Ferreira just announced a new brand called KISSBASS, which he says has a different approach to bass building.

David Sutkin & Adrian Maruszczyk: Wish You Were Here
Bass Videos

David Sutkin & Adrian Maruszczyk: Wish You Were Here

After a sweet version of “Kashmir,” David Sutkin and Adrian Maruszczyk have teamed up again to recreate a classic song with dual basses. Maruszczyk’s children Lukas Kuban and Michelle Kuban join in on percussion and vocals on their version of “Wish You Were Here.”

Charvel Custom Shop Introduces Frank Bello Signature Bass
Basses

Charvel Custom Shop Introduces Frank Bello Signature Bass

The Charvel Custom Shop just unveiled the most recent additions to their 2022 lineup with three guitars and one bass: the Frank Bello Signature So Cal Bass. Built by Charvel’s principal master builder Pasquale Campolattano, the model is built to order and builds upon the Anthrax bassist’s existing PJ IV model.