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  • Bass Players To Know: John Illsley

    Bass Players To Know: John Illsley

    Following up the previous BPTK, (Rutger Gunnarrson), I found it only appropriate to highlight another late 1970’s popular music icon from across the pond. This time, we focus on the great John Illsley of Dire Straits. A longtime member of the band, his bass lines provide the perfect backdrop to Knopfler’s guitar playing and singing.... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: One, Four, Five

    The Lightbulb Moment: One, Four, Five

    “Hey, so we’re in G and it’s a one, four, five thing. Cool? Count it off.” Here we go again… Whether it’s a local blues jam, and evening hang at your friend’s garage-turned-music-room, or a gig where someone decides to deviate from the setlist, the notion of calling a “One, Four, Five” can leave us... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Rutger Gunnarsson

    Bass Players To Know: Rutger Gunnarsson

    If there’s a nation of people that I truly respect for their cultural contributions, it’s the Swedes. Meatballs, streamlined and affordable modern design, and, of course, pop music. No wonder they are some of the happiest people on the planet. Thanks to their feel-good vibes, infectious beats, and accessible musicality, people all over the world... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Easy Come, Easy Go

    The Lightbulb Moment: Easy Come, Easy Go

    In true professional musician fashion, I recently received a set list for an upcoming gig and had a mini panic attack when I took a look at the final song. An anthem, that’s for sure, but one that is rarely attempted in a live setting. It’s a song that most people are familiar with, thanks... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Jim Hughart

    Bass Players To Know: Jim Hughart

    A seasoned sideman with a soulful and sophisticated approach, Jim Hughart has not only backed up some of the greatest jazz artists, but has stood out as a first call session musician on the Los Angeles recording scene. Frequently accompanying Joe Pass and Tom Waits, his premier upright playing can be heard on records of... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Time Games

    The Lightbulb Moment: Time Games

    Game #1: The Record Release Show Round 1—Rehearsal Time There’s something invigorating about working with a new artist, especially when they’re releasing a record and learning how to adapt their songs to a live show. The drummer counts of the first tune and by the end of the chorus, the vocalist stops the band. “Hey... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Neil Stubenhaus

    Bass Players To Know: Neil Stubenhaus

    There are a handful of legendary West Coast session cats that most of us are familiar with… Carol Kaye, Joe Osborn, Leland Sklar, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Nathan East, and Chuck Rainey, just to name a few. Dig a little deeper and you may come across the work of Neil Stubenhaus and the hundreds of records... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Habit Vs. Intuition

    The Lightbulb Moment: Habit Vs. Intuition

    If there’s one thing I love doing, it’s pedaling eighth notes. So much so, you might say that I make a habit of it. There’s something incredibly therapeutic about playing one note, but playing it well, and focusing on all of the ways this seemingly simple rhythmic pattern can be manipulated. The art of the... »

  • Bass Players To Know: Doug Stegmeyer

    Bass Players To Know: Doug Stegmeyer

    If you turn on any classic rock, oldies, or adult contemporary radio station, you won’t make it through the day without hearing a few Billy Joel tunes. With a musical catalog that defined American popular music from the 1970s through 1990s, Billy Joel made hit after hit with the help of his longtime backing band,... »

  • The Lightbulb Moment: Batman and Bruce Wayne

    The Lightbulb Moment: Batman and Bruce Wayne

    It’s a cold, dark night and a white light beckons in the distance. We’re drawn to it, like a moth to the flame, acknowledging how it signifies the evening’s potential for adventure. Perhaps that image is the bat signal, or maybe it’s just the marquee of the club that we’re loading in to. Gosh, I... »