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Ryan Madora

Ryan Madora

Columnist

Ryan Madora is a Nashville-based producer, writer, educator, and bass player. Currently on the road with guitar virtuoso Robben Ford, she has backed up artists including Bobby Bones, Hanson, Carrie Underwood, and Garth Brooks. Bringing eclecticism, groove, and musical intention to every gig, she is frequently called upon in the studio and can be heard on records with Ford, Lamont Dozier, Kyshona Armstrong, and her own instrumental trio, The Interludes. An educator at heart, she teaches privately and enjoys writing monthly columns for No Treble. Her column series include Blues Bass, I Wish I Knew That, Bass Players To Know, and The Light Bulb Moment.

Fun fact: Despite the fact that most people enjoy meeting her and saying, “did you know that the bass is bigger than you are?” she is roughly 12 inches taller than most electric basses.

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Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Rhonda Smith

When was the last time you listened to a groove that was so funky and remarkably precise that you couldn’t resist being in awe? For Ryan Madora, it was the last time she listened to Rhonda Smith. Rhonda is the focus of this “Bass Players To Know” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: To Stream or Not To Stream?

Ryan is back with a new column that wouldn't have happened without this time of self-isolation. The topic is on live-streaming, which is all the rage now. She had to figure this out for herself, and has a lot to share on the topic.

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Dave Roe

Ryan is back with a new entry in her “Bass Players To Know” series. This time, she focuses on the work of Nashville legend and session ace, Dave Roe, the longtime bass player with Johnny Cash and favorite of the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach - and more.

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Keeping The Lights On

This is trying time for all of us. And for those who make their living playing music, things are even more challenging. That's the focus of this new column Ryan just wrote: from the perspective of a gigging musician and a fan of bands and artists too.

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Meshell Ndegeocello

Great artists are known for trailblazing their own path and Meshell Ndegeocello has done just that. With a continually evolving body of work and a successful career as both artist and side person, Meshell Ndegeocello is a bass player to know.

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: John Stirratt

After attending a recent Wilco performance, Ryan decided it was time to feature John Stirratt in her “Bass Players To Know” series. Check out what Ryan has to say about his playing, along with some notable tracks from Wilco and The Autumn Defense.

The Lightbulb Moment: The Lesson Agreement
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: The Lesson Agreement

Many people question the validity of music lessons. Are they worth it? Why do they cost [enter amount]? And what’s the point of having a teacher when you can learn on your own? That’s the topic of Ryan’s latest “Lightbulb Moment” column.

Bass Players To Know: Bryan Beller
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Bryan Beller

We’ve all heard that James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, but in the world of bass players, there’s no doubt in my mind that this title would go to Bryan Beller. He’s the focus of Ryan’s new “Bass Players to Know” column.

The Lightbulb Moment: Arrangements For Bass
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Arrangements For Bass

Creating your own arrangement of an existing song is a great way to explore your bass, challenge yourself musically, and establish your personal voice. That’s the topic of Ryan Madora’s new “Lightbulb Moment” column.

Bass Players To Know: Cliff Burton
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Cliff Burton

Ryan’s new “Bass Players to Know” starts this way: “Four years, three records, and a legacy that lives on forever.” The bass player is Cliff Burton. Check out what Ryan has to say, and share your favorite tracks featuring Cliff.

The Lightbulb Moment: Give The Drummer Some
The Lightbulb Moment

The Lightbulb Moment: Give The Drummer Some

Ryan is back with a new “Lightbulb Moment” column, this time focusing around the solo. And not just the bass solo, but what we can also do to support the drummer (and other soloists) too.

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson

Keeping good company is a common theme of Ryan Madora’s “Bass Players To Know” column. Her latest BPTK - Jimmy Johnson - does just that. Check out what Ryan has to say (including some of her favorite tracks) and add your own to the list.