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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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The Wood Brothers Announce Fall 2021 Tour
Concerts & Tours

The Wood Brothers Announce Fall 2021 Tour

The Wood Brothers are ready to pick up where they left off from when their 2020 “Kingdom in My Mind” tour got cut short. Though the band has been performing socially distanced shows, this will be their chance to really flesh out the new music.

Spector Introduces Bantam 5 Bass
Basses

Spector Introduces Bantam 5 Bass

Spector has expanded their line of Bantam basses with a new five-string model. Similar to the four-string, the Bantam 5 Bass has a medium 32-inch scale length and a chambered body. Spector says this delivers a lightweight and comfortable instrument.

Nate Sabat Releases “Dirt Simple Upright Bass” Instructional Book
Sheet Music & Instruction

Nate Sabat Releases “Dirt Simple Upright Bass” Instructional Book

Mile Twelve bassist Nate Sabat has published a new book for beginners called “Dirt Simple Upright Bass”. The 45-page book, which is geared towards bluegrass players, is split into two parts.

Nathan East Joins Eric Clapton for U.S. Tour
Concerts & Tours

Nathan East Joins Eric Clapton for U.S. Tour

Guitar legend Eric Clapton is hitting the road this fall and feature veteran bassist Nathan East. The U.S. tour will include eight shows, which he says will be his only U.S. shows for the year.

Hamstead Soundworks Introduces the Comet Interstellar Drive Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Hamstead Soundworks Introduces the Comet Interstellar Drive Pedal

Hamstead Soundworks has unveiled the Comet, a four-knob drive pedal that has both transparent and character drive voices. The company says the pedal can be “molded from boutique sounding overdrive with a vocal midrange to a rich and creamy fuzz.”

Thundercat Announces 2021 Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Thundercat Announces 2021 Tour Dates

Bass phenom Thundercat has announced a substantial North American tour this fall to support his 2020 Grammy-winning release, “It Is What It Is”. Rapper Channel Tres will be opening the show for much of the outing.

Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Co. Spruce Dylan
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Nichols Guitar Co. Spruce Dylan

This week we’re checking out the Dylan model by Nichols Guitar Company. While the bass comes with several options, this particular version is a four-string featuring a swamp ash body topped with Engelmann Spruce and Rosewood laminates.

Charnett Moffett Releases “New Love”
New Albums

Charnett Moffett Releases “New Love”

Bass virtuoso Charnett Moffett has returned with his seventeenth album as a leader, entitled “New Love”. The bassist describes the music, recorded in trio and quartet band formats, as a love letter to humanity.

King Crimson Announces “Music Is Our Friend” Tour with The Zappa Band
Concerts & Tours

King Crimson Announces “Music Is Our Friend” Tour with The Zappa Band

In what seems to be a prog lover’s dream tour, King Crimson has unveiled the “Music Is Our Friend” tour. The outing will see the band accompanied by the California Guitar Trio for the first half of the tour and The Zappa Band for the second half.

“Mingus at Carnegie Hall” Gets Deluxe Reissue
New Albums

“Mingus at Carnegie Hall” Gets Deluxe Reissue

Forty-seven years ago, Charles Mingus performed with his band at Carnegie Hall. A live album, “Mingus At Carnegie Hall”, was issued but excluded much of the 2-hour performance. Now the full concert has been released as a deluxe edition.

G&L Introduces Left-Handed Tribute Fallout Bass
Basses

G&L Introduces Left-Handed Tribute Fallout Bass

G&L Guitars is showing some love for lefty bassists with a new southpaw version of their Tribute Fallout Bass. Originally launched in 2019, the Fallout Bass is a short-scale model loaded with the company’s Magnetic Field Design humbucker.

Wolfgang Van Halen Releases “Mammoth WVH”
New Albums

Wolfgang Van Halen Releases “Mammoth WVH”

At long last, Wolfgang Van Halen’s solo project Mammoth WVH has released its debut album. Van Halen wrote, performed, and recorded all the parts. Although his family name looms large, Wolfgang finds his own sound to live up to that legacy.