Larry Graham Archives
Larry Graham, Melvin Davis, and More Featured On New Temptations Record, “60”
The Temptations are one of the greatest vocal groups of all time. After six decades in the business, they’re taking a victory lap with their newest album, aptly entitled “60”. They’ve recruited a stellar cast of bassists too.
Marcus Miller on Larry Graham: Finding the Funk
Our friends at Bart Funk Bass shared this great excerpt from the 2013 “Finding The Funk” documentary film. In this clip, Marcus Miller shares his thoughts on the work and influence of the great Larry Graham.
Larry Graham: The Origins of Thumping, Plucking… and Bass History
We can all agree that Larry Graham might be the baddest thumper of all time. In this clip from 1980, he gives us a bit of bass history. Larry breaks it down with a live drummer and the funk doesn’t let up!
Bootsy Collins Announces New Album, “The Power of the One”
Attention funkateers! Bootsy Collins has announced a new album, “The Power of the One”, which will be released on October 23rd. It will also include three bassists alongside the funk legend: Christian McBride, Larry Graham, and Victor Wooten.
Stuart Clayton: “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” Bass Line Tutorial
Stuart Clayton published a great new bass line tutorial video and transcription featuring a true legend of bass. Check out his tutorial on Larry Graham’s line on the Sly & The Family Stone tune, “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin).”
Nik West Releases “Moody” Featuring Larry Graham & Cindy Blackman-Santana
Nik West has released a new album called “Moody,” which shows off different sides of her musical personality. The album lays heavy on the funk with moments of tenderness and in-your-face rockers. It also features some funk royalty, including Larry Graham.
Beneath The Bassline Documentary Coming Soon
Bassists will be getting their due in a new documentary called Beneath The Bassline. Directed by Nick Wells, the film features loads of interview time with some of the greatest bass players in the world. Wells traveled to Fodera Guitars, Sadowsky Guitars, and Aguilar Amplification in New York to get the scoop on gear and meet up with bassists Will...
Get In The Van: Touring Tips From The Pros
Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner. That means it’s just about time to pack up the van and take your jams on the road. Before you start pounding the pavement, it’s probably a good idea to take a few notes on what to expect and what to be prepared for on the road. Gear malfunctions, lack...
Sly and the Family Stone: “Hot Fun in the Summertime” and “I Want To Take You Higher”
“Hot Fun in the Summertime” is the perfect song for the season, and “I Want To Take You Higher” is a bass masterpiece. Larry Graham throws it down in this medley of the two songs. The mix on this clip is a little wonky, but luckily the bass is turned up nice and high.
Prince with Larry Graham: Motherless Child
Like countless others, we were devastated to hear the news of Prince’s passing on April 21st. Since then, the flood of Prince videos and tributes have filled up our feeds on social media. This one stood out to us. Backed by Larry Graham on bass, here’s Prince performing their funky version “Motherless Child”. RIP, Prince.
From Pros to Newbies: 10 Bassists Share Advice for Up and Coming Musicians
The bass is an incredible instrument. It’s never too late to start playing and there’s always something to learn for those who have already started. But sometimes we hit ruts in our growth that will wear us down. That’s why we’ve compiled advice for up-and-comers from ten of the world’s foremost bassists across a variety of styles. If you or...
Sly & the Family Stone 1968 Fillmore East Performance Released for First Time
Legendary funk/soul/R&B/rock band Sly & the Family Stone was energetic and on the rise in 1968, with two albums — Dance to the Music and Life — already behind them. Live At The Fillmore East October 4th & 5th, 1968, captures the sound of a great band with an incomparable electric bassist — Larry Graham, who went on to create...