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Reader Spotlight: E. Bugra Balci
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Reader Spotlight: E. Bugra Balci

Meet E. Bugra Balci, a bassist with a ton of accomplishments, especially for someone his age. “E.” is our player in the spotlight for November 30, 2011. Be sure to check out E’s music and videos below. Bio: I was born in 1986. I started my early life in music, at the age of five, with piano and mandolin. Early...

Reader Spotlight: Glenn “SmittyG” Smith
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Reader Spotlight: Glenn “SmittyG” Smith

Meet Glenn “SmittyG” Smith, a bassist from Texarkana who can play the spectrum of music from country to punk to jazz and everything in between. The reader spotlight is one of our favorite features on No Treble, and it is people like Glenn who really make it extra special. I’m sure you’ll enjoy his sense of humor as much as...

Reader Spotlight: Ethan Sobotta
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Reader Spotlight: Ethan Sobotta

Meet Ethan Sobotta, an extraordinarily diverse bassist living in Seattle who makes his living the way it should be: playing bass. Among the musical genres he lists are “Punk rock sea shanties and Appalachian death polka,” somehow performed by a single band. Ethan is our player in the spotlight for November 15, 2011.   Bio: I studied bass at the...

Reader Spotlight: Vuyani Wakaba
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Reader Spotlight: Vuyani Wakaba

Meet Vuyani Wakaba, a bassist from South Africa now living and playing in Chicago. Vuyani is our player in the spotlight for November 8, 2011. Bio: South Africa’s Vuyani Wakaba is the bassist for the Chicago blues legend and Delmark Records artist Eddie C. Campbell. Vuyani is also the bassist and founder of the Chicago jazz fusion band Vuyani Wakaba...

Reader Spotlight: Ollie Pietruch
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Reader Spotlight: Ollie Pietruch

Meet Ollie Pietruch, a bassist, session musician and teacher from the UK who some liken to the late Cliff Burton. Ollie is our player in the spotlight for November 1, 2011. Bio: I started playing bass at the age of 15, and now five years down the line I have achieved distinctions for both years at Music College in the...

Reader Spotlight: Dan Willett
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Reader Spotlight: Dan Willett

Meet Dan Willett a bassist and lifelong musician from the UK who says he still hasn’t grown up yet. We dig that. Bio: I’ve been a musician for nearly my entire life, having taken my first keyboard and music theory lessons at the age of four. These days, the bass is very much my main instrument, and in the Midlands...

Reader Spotlight: Lane Baldwin
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Reader Spotlight: Lane Baldwin

Meet Lane Baldwin, aka Lane on Bass, a bassist of 42 years and our player in the spotlight for October 18, 2011. Bio: Bassist for 42 years, pro for 29. Endorsements include Spector basses, DNA amplification, DR Strings, LM Products (straps), Peterson Tuners, Shubb Capos, Manhasset Stands. Musical Ambassador for Washington, DC. Current main gig: Ryan Pelton and the Difference...

Reader Spotlight: Michael Wu
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Reader Spotlight: Michael Wu

Meet Michael Wu, a bassist from Upstate New York and our player in the spotlight for October 11, 2011. Bio: Michael is a freelance bassist in the Greater Binghamton Area, Upstate NY. He is currently supporting two acts, One Click Culture w/Todd Evans, former Tempest (Magna Carta) guitarist and Lo-Fi Resistance (with Randy McStine). Although his roots are firmly planted...

Reader Spotlight: Keith Gibbons
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Reader Spotlight: Keith Gibbons

Meet bassist Keith Gibbons, a working musician and songwriter from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Keith is our player in the spotlight for October 4, 2011. Bio: I’ve been a songwriter as far back as I can remember, but I didn’t realize that until a few years ago. I started playing bass because being in a band and writing pop-punk songs seemed like...

Reader Spotlight: Blackie Dawson
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Reader Spotlight: Blackie Dawson

Meet Blackie Dawson, a 18-year veteran of the low end, and our bassist in the spotlight for September 27, 2011. Bio: I have been playing bass since I was 19 years old. I spent many years just playing along to Iron Maiden, early Metallica, Black Sabbath and Dead Kennedys tapes and CDs. In 2007, I started playing bass in my...