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Roy Vogt’s Annual Thunder Row Bass Invitational Returns For 8th Year
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Roy Vogt’s Annual Thunder Row Bass Invitational Returns For 8th Year

Nashville will be rumbling again as Roy Vogt’s Thunder Row Bass Invitational is back for its eighth year! The bass-centric event has been expanded to three days that coincide with the Summer NAMM Show on June 28th, 29th, and 30th. This year will bring a host of bass talents including luthiers to perform. The lineup includes Vogt, Pete Skjold (Skjold...

Blake Branch: “For Once In My Life” Bass Line
Bass Videos

Blake Branch: “For Once In My Life” Bass Line

It has been quite a while since we’ve featured a video by Blake Branch. This one is actually over three years old, but is well worth sharing. Blake transcribed the complete bass line on Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” which of course was masterfully played by James Jamerson. Almost as impressive is the tone Blake gets from his...

Blake Branch: “Space Lion” for Solo Bass
Bass Videos

Blake Branch: “Space Lion” for Solo Bass

We don’t know anime very well, but Blake Branch is making us love the music of anime. The first time we featured Blake, he’d put together an incredible all-bass arrangement of “Raspberry Heaven“. This time around, he’s taken Yoko Kanno’s composition “Space Lion”, which was featured in the anime series Cowboy Bebop. The tune starts off really mellow and picks...

Blake Branch: “Raspberry Heaven” Solo Bass Arrangement
Bass Videos

Blake Branch: “Raspberry Heaven” Solo Bass Arrangement

In response to the NPR Bass Solo contest, bassist Blake Branch submitted his arrangement of “Raspberry Heaven” by Masumi It? and Y?ko Ueno. The tune comes from the anime series “Azumanga Daioh”. Thanks to Alex Kalicinski for sharing this video with us.