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Prince: Funk Jam Session
Bass Videos

Prince: Funk Jam Session

Abby Dart (mom to Vulfpeck’s Joe Dart), shared this video saying, “Vulfpeck shared this today and it was TOO funky not to share with everyone!” This live clip of Prince is definitely funky, thanks to Rhonda Smith and an all-star band.

Rhonda Smith Joins Jeff Beck for September Tour
Concerts & Tours

Rhonda Smith Joins Jeff Beck for September Tour

Rhonda Smith will once again be laying down the low end for Jeff Beck on tour. The guitar legend announced a short run of dates in September, with the final show on the tour including Beck reuniting with Rod Stewart in Los Angeles.

Rhonda Smith Joins Jeff Beck for Summer Tour
Concerts & Tours

Rhonda Smith Joins Jeff Beck for Summer Tour

Rhonda Smith will be joining Jeff Beck once again on tour this summer for the “Stars Align” tour, which will have the legendary guitarist performing with Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson. The outing will also include a handful of Beck solo shows. The tour will kick off July 18th in West Valley City, Utah at the USANA Amphitheatre before working...

Rhonda Smith Anchors Jeff Beck’s Live at the Hollywood Bowl
New Albums

Rhonda Smith Anchors Jeff Beck’s Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Fans of blues and rock will want to check out Jeff Beck’s latest DVD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl. Recorded in the summer of 2016, the live concert featured songs from the guitar god’s entire career, as far back as The Yardbirds right up to his latest release, Loud Hailer. It also features a plethora of special guest artists including...

Groove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith
Groove Podcast

Groove – Episode #19: Rhonda Smith

In 1996, bass player Rhonda Smith did something that few musicians can ever lay claim to. She joined Prince’s astounding backing band, The New Power Generation. The years, miles and practice that brought her to this moment cannot be underestimated. Getting on Prince’s radar is tough enough. Getting a place in this ferocious musical tsunami of funk is a whole...

All-Female Album Project Features Top Bassists
New Albums

All-Female Album Project Features Top Bassists

Terri Lyne Carrington’s 2011 The Mosaic Project was an album with an all-female superstar lineup of musicians. Her latest, The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul, is another all-female affair. This time out, the Grammy-winning jazz drummer and composer (she’s known for her work with a slew of artists, including bassist Esperanza Spalding) the roster includes some impressive bassists: Meshell Ndegeocello,...

Jeff Beck’s “Live+” Features Rhonda Smith
New Albums

Jeff Beck’s “Live+” Features Rhonda Smith

Jeff Beck’s latest live album Live+, features performances from the legendary guitarist’s 2014 tour, with Rhonda Smith (also known for her time in Prince’s band) on bass. Two new studio tracks — “Tribal” and “My Tiled White Floor” round out the collection. The album, recorded at a variety of venues, features favorites like “Big Block,” as well as Beck’s covers...

Jeff Beck Releases “Live In Tokyo”, Featuring Rhonda Smith
New Albums

Jeff Beck Releases “Live In Tokyo”, Featuring Rhonda Smith

So, with the Jeff Beck: Live in Tokyo , a viewer not only gets to see the guitarist in action, but also electric bassist Rhonda Smith. Smith, who previously worked with Prince, has released solo albums, and played in a band of her own as well an all-female rock/funk band with percussionist Sheila E., is a musical force in her...

Jeff Beck: “Little Wing”, with Rhonda Smith & Narada Michael Walden
Bass Videos

Jeff Beck: “Little Wing”, with Rhonda Smith & Narada Michael Walden

In my opinion, “Little Wing” is one of the greatest tunes of all time. Covered so many times, here’s another guitar legend, Jeff Beck – who experienced the magic of Hendrix live at the Isle of Wight – performing his tribute at the same venue. Bassist Rhonda Smith lays down the perfect bass line behind Beck, with some seriously gutsy...

Jeff Beck and Rhonda Smith: “Brush with Blues”, Live at the White House
Bass Videos

Jeff Beck and Rhonda Smith: “Brush with Blues”, Live at the White House

Our Facebook friend Smokee Bear shares this video with us, of Jeff Beck and Rhonda Smith performing at the White House last week. The group, which also includes Veronica Bellino on drums, is performing “Brush with the Blues” as part of a night of music dubbed “Red White & Blues”. Smokee said, “PBS’ showing the performance of ‘Red, White and...

An Interview with Rhonda Smith
Interviews

An Interview with Rhonda Smith

Bassist, singer and songwriter Rhonda Smith‘s musical resume is as impressive as they come. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia to a musical family, Rhonda started on baritone horn, keyboard and guitar. Picking up the bass, she said, was all thanks to her brother. “He brought a bass home one day and told me not to touch it.” Most recently, Rhonda...

Gerald Veasley’s 2011 Bass BootCamp Adds Rhonda Smith
Events

Gerald Veasley’s 2011 Bass BootCamp Adds Rhonda Smith

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Gerald Veasley‘s popular Bass Boot Camp, and the bassist has just announced that Rhonda Smith will be joining the instructor line up. In addition to Veasley and Smith, the 2011 camp instructors include Adam Nitti, Jimmy Haslip, Anthony Wellington, David Dyson, Bryan Beller and Richard Waller. The camp runs from March 25 through...