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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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Fender Announces New Ownership
News

Fender Announces New Ownership

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation will be getting a new change in ownership. A press release from Fender announced that longtime investor Servco Pacific, Inc. will be securing a majority stake in a purchase agreement with TPG Growth.

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Burretone Guitars PS 51 Tribute

Greece’s Burretone Guitars makes handcrafted instruments based on vintage designs. Their first build of 2020 is for a customer who wanted a tribute to the classic 1951 Precision in all maple.

In Memoriam: Joe Payne
In Memoriam

In Memoriam: Joe Payne

Sad news to report today: bassist Joe Payne has passed away from undisclosed causes. He was 35 years old. Payne was known for his technical ability in the death metal scene. He joined Nile in 2005 when he was 19 years old.

Tool Add New U.S. Tour Dates
Concerts & Tours

Tool Add New U.S. Tour Dates

Tool has unveiled a new round of tour dates in the U.S. Northwest in support of their latest album, “Fear Inoculum.” They are also scheduled to headline Bonnaroo in June.

MXR Unveils the Thump Bass Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

MXR Unveils the Thump Bass Preamp Pedal

MXR unveiled the Thump bass preamp at this year’s Winter NAMM Show. Based on the Echoplex preamp, the compact green pedal features a three-band EQ with a mid-frequency knob.

Ben Wendel and Linda May Han Oh: All Blues
Bass Videos

Ben Wendel and Linda May Han Oh: All Blues

“All Blues” is one of the most played jazz standards in the book, but you’ve probably never heard it like this. Linda May Han Oh joined Ben Wendel for his “Standards with Friends” series to reimagine the song’s groove.

Shavo Odadjian Announces New Band
News

Shavo Odadjian Announces New Band

System of a Down seems to be in a recording gridlock. The band will be touring Europe this summer, but that won’t keep bassist Shavo Odadjian from working on his own new music. He’s just revealed a new project called North Kingsley.

GR Bass Unveils the AeroTech Featherweight Bass Cabinet Series
Amps

GR Bass Unveils the AeroTech Featherweight Bass Cabinet Series

One of the most shocking pieces of gear we found at the 2020 NAMM Show was the AeroTech bass cabinet series from GR Bass. The lineup is described as the lightest bass guitar speaker cabinets in the world.

Juan Alderete in Coma Following Bike Accident
News

Juan Alderete in Coma Following Bike Accident

Bass master and pedal guru Juan Alderete needs your positive energy. His wife Anne posted an update on Instagram explaining that he has been in a coma following a bike accident.

Formations: An Interview with Paul Kowert
Interviews

Formations: An Interview with Paul Kowert

When Hawktail booked studio time for last year, their plan was to make an album of covers. Luckily for us listeners, they decided to pull together their own material for their new album. We caught up with bassist Paul Kowert to get the scoop.

Squarepusher and Shobaleader One: Boiler Room in Stereo
Bass Videos

Squarepusher and Shobaleader One: Boiler Room in Stereo

Here’s a great video of Squarepusher and his band Shobaleader One performing for the Boiler Room, which is a web series celebrating club culture. The band played a mix of Squarepusher’s classic songs: “Hello Meow,” “A Journey to Reedham (7AM Mix),” and “E8 Boogie.”

Karl Clews Releases “Dissident”
New Albums

Karl Clews Releases “Dissident”

Karl Clews has released “Dissident,” a new album of original music created almost entirely on his four-string bass. Clews has made several solo bass covers over the years, but his use of the style for his own music is a recent development.