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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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Béla Fleck Releases “My Bluegrass Heart” with Meyer, Schatz, Masat, and Kowert
New Albums

Béla Fleck Releases “My Bluegrass Heart” with Meyer, Schatz, Masat, and Kowert

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.

Bass of the Week: Peter Hook’s Eccleshall Guitars “Hot Too”
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Peter Hook’s Eccleshall Guitars “Hot Too”

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.

Amyl and the Sniffers Release “Comfort To Me”
New Albums

Amyl and the Sniffers Release “Comfort To Me”

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 Unveils Player Plus Series Basses
Basses

Fender Unveils Player Plus Series Basses

Fender has just announced an update to their Player Series. The “Player Plus” line includes three basses, offers upgraded playability and electronics.

Lee Sklar Auctioning Bass for Charity
News

Lee Sklar Auctioning Bass for Charity

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.

In Memoriam: George Mraz
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: George Mraz

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.

Steve Vai Unveils Massive Tour with Philip Bynoe on Bass
Concerts & Tours

Steve Vai Unveils Massive Tour with Philip Bynoe on Bass

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 Unveils Paul Turner Signature Strap
Accessories & Strings

RightOn! Straps Unveils Paul Turner Signature Strap

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.

In Memoriam: Roger Newell
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Roger Newell

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 Announces “Rise of the Machine” Tour
Concerts & Tours

Static-X Announces “Rise of the Machine” Tour

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.

In Memoriam: Melvin Dunlap
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Melvin Dunlap

Soul music legend Melvin Dunlap has passed away at the age of 76. The news was shared by his son, Lamont, on Facebook.

Dug Pinnick Unveils Fifth Solo Album, “Joy Bomb”
New Albums

Dug Pinnick Unveils Fifth Solo Album, “Joy Bomb”

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.