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Events

Furthur Festival: Phil Lesh’s Throwback to Grateful Dead

After pondering which festivals they would play, bassist Phil Lesh and guitarist Bob Weir of Furthur decided to just make their own. The Furthur Festival will take place at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp, California on May 29th and 30th, with an “Open Aire Soundcheck” scheduled for the 28th. In a throwback to Lesh’s and Weir’s former band,...

Summer NAMM

Summer NAMM’s “Wanna Play Sunday” to Feature Victor Wooten

This year’s Summer NAMM show in Nashville will include the first ever “Wanna Play Sunday,” which will be open to the public. The event takes place on Sunday June 20th (the last day of NAMM), and will include music education sessions on how to get endorsed, how to set up a home studio, and more. Also on the itinerary are...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Pro Tone Pedals Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal

Pro Tone Pedals has teamed up with metal bassist Blasko to produce the Blasko Bass Overdrive Pedal. The pedal is designed to be tonally versatile, which is “something Blasko needs as he rips through rock anthems as well as ballads onstage with Ozzy Osbourne.” The Blasko pedal, which is hand made in the USA, has a Baxandall EQ, and features...

Contest

NPR’s Carrie Brownstein Announces Bass Solo Contest

Carrie Brownstein, former guitarist for Sleater-Kinney, has announced a bass solo contest on her NPR Blog, Monitor Mix. After receiving bass solos on her voicemail from her friend, she thought “If one bass solo could make my day, how would I feel after hearing 10 bass solos, or 20? More importantly, how would you feel? I bet you would feel...

Concerts & Tours

Marcus Miller Extends “Tutu Revisited” Tour to the US

After taking his tour of “Tutu Revisited” through Europe and Japan, bassist Marcus Miller will be bringing his show to the US this summer. Miller will be hitting up the east and west coasts in nine dates, beginning in Georgia at the Atlanta Jazz Festival on May 29th. “Tutu Revisited” refers to Miles Davis’ 1986 album, Tutu, which Miller played...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Morley Mini Wah and Mini Volume Pedals

In response to complaints about the amount of space wah and volume pedals take up on pedalboards, Morley has released new, smaller scale versions of their respective effects boxes. The Morley Mini Wah and Volume pedals measure 6.75” in length, 4.5” wide and 2.75” in height. The Morley Mini Wah features an On/Off switch and a wah level control. The...

New Albums

Hot Tuna Release “Live at the New Orleans House Berkeley, CA Sept 69”

Hot Tuna, the band formed by bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen as a side project from Jefferson Airplane, has released Live at the New Orleans House Berkeley CA Sept 69. The album is compiled from a multi-night engagement at the New Orleans House in 1969, mere months after they formed the group. Recordings from the same performances were...

News

Chickenfoot Working On New Album

Rock supergroup Chickenfoot, featuring ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, have announced that they have begun work on their second album, with plans to finish it up early next year for a Spring 2011 release. This comes only a couple weeks after the release of their concert DVD, Get Your Buzz on Live. The quartet had a productive recording session before...

Bass Gear

Gear Watch: Warwick Just-a-Nut III Brass

Warwick has released the Just-A-Nut III Brass model to their line of bass hardware. It’s a nut which builds on the Just-A-Nut series by using high quality bell brass to improve stability and minimize long-term wear. As with the others in the line, the Brass model allows for precise adjustments to the nut’s height. The Just-A-Nut III Brass model will...

Player News

Bachman and Turner Give Sneak Peek of New Music

Bachman and Turner, who reunited late last year, have made two new tracks available to their online fans. This marks their first new release together in 20 years. “I’m thrilled to be working on new music with Fred [Turner] and feel a sense of excitement and anticipation,” guitarist Randy Bachman stated. “I feel like I’m coming full circle with a...