Jackson Guitars announced the new JS Series Spectra line of basses at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show. Each of the basses feature a new offset poplar Spectra body shape that has a large upper horn for evenly distributing weight.
The groove machine known as Mike Zabrin’s Funktastic has returned with a video for their new single, “My O My,” and it’s a killer. After kicking off with a New Orleans-inspired beat, the song drops into a slower, sultry groove with vocals, only to return to the upbeat stroll.
The Get Right Band has released their first live album, aptly entitled “Live in Asheville.” Recorded at the Asheville Music Hall, the hour-long album includes some previously unreleased songs, as well as a cover of The Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star.”
Ashdown Engineering introduced an interesting new bass cabinet called the CL-310-DH. Rated at 450 watts at 8 ohms, the cabs were inspired by vintage British PA systems and feature a 3×10" configuration with dual high-frequency horns.
Linda Ronstadt released “Mad Love” thirty-nine years ago, which coincided with a live concert special for HBO. Here, the band performs the smash hit “You’re No Good.” Bob Glaub’s buttery P-bass groove sits right in the pocket, and he even takes a tasty solo.
MXR has expanded their bass pedal lineup with the M282 Dyna Comp Bass Compressor. The new stompbox offers their Dyna Comp sound in a bass-centric format that includes a clean control for maintaining your low end. It’s also tiny.
Darkglass Electronics took to the Winter NAMM Show to unveil two new products in their line of bass amplifiers: The Alpha-Omega 900 and the Microtubes 900 v2. While the latter upgrades an existing model, the Alpha-Omega 900 is a brand new amp that pairs elements of their Alpha-Omega distortion preamplifier with a 900-watt power section.
Jorge Casas, bassist for Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, has passed away from undisclosed causes. He was 69 years old. Estefan shared the news on her Instagram page.
Tony MacAlpine has hit the road on his “Electric Illusionist” Tour, and it promises to be a killer show. The guitar virtuoso will be joined by drummer Gergo Borlai, guitarist Emil Werstler, and bassist Steve Jenkins.
I was elated to hear that Consider the Source has a new album coming out this year, and even more excited to see this first single. “You Are Literally A Metaphor” is due out on March 1st, and if “Enemies of MagicK” is any indication, it’s going to be epic.