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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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Bass of the Week: Enfield Guitars Belladonna
Bass of the Week

Bass of the Week: Enfield Guitars Belladonna

This week we’re checking out a new model by Enfield Guitars called The Belladonna. Clad in all white, the bass has a medium scale, very lightweight, and flexible pickup system.

JZ Replacement (Featuring Tim Lefebvre): Don’t Be Scared
Bass Videos

JZ Replacement (Featuring Tim Lefebvre): Don’t Be Scared

Tim Lefebvre shared this clip of his last performance in Europe before he had to leave for the States earlier this month. “Don’t Be Scared” begins with a free jam including otherworldly sounds from Lefebvre. They then kick in to a groove and build in intensity.

Azusa Announce New Album, Release New Track
News

Azusa Announce New Album, Release New Track

Former Dillinger Escape Plan bassist Liam Wilson’s band Azusa has announced they’ll be following up their debut, “Heavy Yoke,” with a new album called “Loop of Yesterdays.” Here’s a preview, with the track “Kill/Destroy.”

TC Electronic Announces the Plethora X5 Pedal Board
Pedals & Effects

TC Electronic Announces the Plethora X5 Pedal Board

TC Electronic’s TonePrint technology allows users flexibility in their pedals by beaming presets and tweaking parameters. So far it’s been available for most of their pedal types, but now they’ve created the Plethora X5 pedal board that centers around the technology.

Nenad Vasilic: Ti bi hteo pesmom da ti kazem
Bass Videos

Nenad Vasilic: Ti bi hteo pesmom da ti kazem

Nenad Vasilic has released a new video to accompany the beautiful song “Ti bi hteo pesmom da ti kazem” from his latest album, “Bass Room.” The song is a Serbian ballad of unrequited love.

Huntsmen Release “Mandala of Fear”
New Albums

Huntsmen Release “Mandala of Fear”

Hunstmen have released a new album called “Mandala of Fear,” which is described as “storytelling through metal dynamically melded with elements of folk and country.” The Chicago-based quintet features the bass work of bassist Marc Stranger-Najjar.

Rombo Announces New Strap Blocks
Accessories & Strings

Rombo Announces New Strap Blocks

Rombo Picks has introduced a new line of strap blocks for securing your strap. The company updated its previous strap blocks by adding a tongue to make changing easier, plus it’s been reshaped for a tighter fit.

Warwick Reveals 2020 Limited Edition Models
Basses

Warwick Reveals 2020 Limited Edition Models

Each year, Warwick presents a special limited edition bass featuring their top specs. This year is a limited version of the Thumb NT, which will come in both Masterbuilt and Teambuilt versions.

Arkham Sound Introduces The Oracle Tube Preamp Pedal
Pedals & Effects

Arkham Sound Introduces The Oracle Tube Preamp Pedal

Arkham Sound has expanded its line of preamps with the Oracle, a tube-driven preamp centered around their full EQ. That includes a James Tonestack with gain, treble, and bass controls as well as a range knob that sweep’s the tonestacks midpoint.

Self-Employed Music Industry Workers to be Covered in Stimulus Package
News

Self-Employed Music Industry Workers to be Covered in Stimulus Package

In a spot of good news, the latest piece of U.S. legislation surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic includes language to provide financial relief to music workers.

Survivor: An Interview with Benny Turner
Interviews

Survivor: An Interview with Benny Turner

Benny Turner’s story is the story of the blues. The younger brother of blues guitar legend Freddie King, Turner grew up in rural Texas during the wake of the Great Depression. Now he’s published a great memoir. We caught up with him to get the scoop.

Shane Cooper: Learn To Levitate
Bass Videos

Shane Cooper: Learn To Levitate

We’re all dealing with the pandemic lockdowns in different ways, and thankfully that’s creating a lot of great music. Shane Cooper sent us his latest video for “Learn To Levitate,” which features some awesome electric bass work amid an ambient groove.