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Eric Clapton 2007 Live Set Released
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Eric Clapton 2007 Live Set Released

A March 2007 show plucked from an Eric Clapton world tour captures the guitarist and his band at their height. Their performance is now available as Live in San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale). With Willie Weeks (Donnie Hathaway, George Harrison, David Bowie, Randy Newman) on bass, Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars, Chris Stainton and Tim...

Bass Players to Know: Willie Weeks
Bass Players To Know

Bass Players to Know: Willie Weeks

Time and time again, I must pay homage to the movie that sparked the flame of my musical obsession… the one that introduced me to a style with more passion and groove than I had ever experienced, with an eclectic history and diverse idioms, and with more influence than any other American genre: Blues Brothers… 2000. While some may say...

Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Special” is a Bass-Heavy Affair
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Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Special” is a Bass-Heavy Affair

Producer Mark Ronson knows his bass. Just listen to the name check on these lines from “Heavy and Rolling” a track of his chart-scaling fourth studio album, Uptown Special: “Smooth as glass/Smooth as Marcus Miller.” While Miller doesn’t appear on the album, bassists are everywhere on the album. Jamareo Artis keeps the groove going on the hit “Uptown Funk,” featuring...

Eric Clapton Releases “Old Sock”, Featuring Willie Weeks and Paul McCartney
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Eric Clapton Releases “Old Sock”, Featuring Willie Weeks and Paul McCartney

For his 20th studio album – and first in three years – Eric Clapton decided to change things up a bit. The 67 year old guitarist switched labels, choosing his own Bushbranch imprint through the indie SurfDog label, and recorded an album with his longtime collaborators and friends. Two of the twelve tracks on Old Sock were penned by Clapton,...

Eric Clapton Announces 2013 Tour Featuring Willie Weeks
Concerts & Tours

Eric Clapton Announces 2013 Tour Featuring Willie Weeks

Eric Clapton will be hitting the road in 2013 for a U.S. tour, set to kick off March 14th at in Phoenix, Arizona and culminating in the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. The guitar legend has once again enlisted bassist Willie Weeks to lay down the groove for his band. Weeks, who has worked...

Donny Hathaway’s Live and In Performance Reissued
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Donny Hathaway’s Live and In Performance Reissued

Shout! Factory has brought back two albums by soul artist Donny Hathaway with the release of Live + In Performance, a two-disc set out this week. While the two albums in this combined set were big hits at the time they were released, they’d fallen out of print in the U.S. Both albums feature Willie Weeks on bass, including Weeks’...

The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 2
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The Most Influential Blues Bassists: Part 2

After reading the previous column in this two-part series, I’m hoping you’ve had a chance to check out some music featuring the playing of Willie Dixon and Duck Dunn. Their old school approaches to playing blues compliments the players they accompanied and reflects how novel full-band blues recordings were in the 1950’s and ’60’s. Early on, blues recordings typically only...

The First Barbarians with Willie Weeks: Shirley, Live (1974)
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The First Barbarians with Willie Weeks: Shirley, Live (1974)

A group led by Ronnie Wood dubbed “The First Barbarians” recorded a concert album in July, 1974. with material from one of the two performances at London’s Kilburn Gaumont State Theatre used for the release (now available as a ). The concert was in support of Wood’s album I’ve Got My Own Album to Do. Willie Weeks really grooves on...

Willie Weeks Joins Eric Clapton for Upcoming Tour
Concerts & Tours

Willie Weeks Joins Eric Clapton for Upcoming Tour

Legendary session bassist Willie Weeks will be hitting the road with Eric Clapton on a string of tour dates in support of guitarist’s latest CD, appropriately titled Clapton. The touring band will also feature Steve Gadd on drums, Chris Stainton on keys and Michelle John and Sharon White singing background vocals. The group will be kicking things off in Vancouver,...

Willie Weeks: Live Bass Solo
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Willie Weeks: Live Bass Solo

We were in a Willie Weeks mood after featuring MarloweDK’s playalong with Weeks’ epic solo on Donny Hathaway’s “Voices Inside”. That brought us to this audience shot video of Weeks performing a solo during an Eric Clapton tour at Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, back in 2007. Steve Jordan is on drums. Willie Weeks y’all!