The bass world lost a legend last week with the passing of Tower of Power bassist Francis “Rocco” Prestia. Now, a huge gathering of the bass community will be getting together to remember him.
When was the last time you listened to a groove that was so funky and remarkably precise that you couldn’t resist being in awe? For Ryan Madora, it was the last time she listened to Rhonda Smith. Rhonda is the focus of this “Bass Players To Know” column.
Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten are continuing their webinar series this week with one focused on the topic of working with Prince. The roundtable, dubbed “Prince-Shed”, will include BrownMark, Rhonda Smith, Andrew Gouche, Ida Neilsen, and Paul Peterson.
Steve Bailey and Victor Wooten are continuing their weekly free webinar series this Friday, June 5th at 4pm Eastern. The meeting topic is “Gender Justice…Empowerment, Enlightenment, and Education,” and as such it will include some of the best female musicians around.
Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey are back with another amazing opportunity for bassists. They’ll be hosting a free webinar tomorrow entitled “Woodshed: Viral/Veterans of the Electric Bass”. The event will also include Rhonda Smith, Henrik Linder, Joe Dart, and Darryl Jones.
A few days ago, Jambase shared this video of Prince performing at The Aladdin in Las Vegas. In this clip, Prince and his band - which includes Rhonda Smith on bass (and backing vocals) - perform the Led Zeppelin hit “Whole Lotta Love.”
Often we think of Rhonda Smith for her work with his royal badness Prince and jazz/rock pioneer Jeff Beck, but she’s worked with tons of artists. Recently she shared this clip of herself performing with pop singer Katherine McPhee.
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 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 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...
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...
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...