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Bass Players To Know: Bryan Beller

Bass Players To Know: Bryan Beller

We’ve all heard that James Brown was the hardest working man in show business, but in the world of bass players, there’s no doubt in my mind that this title would go to Bryan Beller. He’s the focus of Ryan’s new “Bass Players to Know” column.

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Bass Players To Know: Cliff Burton

Bass Players To Know: Cliff Burton

Ryan’s new “Bass Players to Know” starts this way: “Four years, three records, and a legacy that lives on forever.” The bass player is Cliff Burton. Check out what Ryan has to say, and share your favorite tracks featuring Cliff.

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson

Bass Players To Know: Jimmy Johnson

Keeping good company is a common theme of Ryan Madora’s “Bass Players To Know” column. Her latest BPTK - Jimmy Johnson - does just that. Check out what Ryan has to say (including some of her favorite tracks) and add your own to the list.

Bass Players to Know: Tina Weymouth

Bass Players to Know: Tina Weymouth

This “Bass Players To Know” column focuses on one of Ryan’s personal favorites: Tina Weymouth. Tina’s bass parts make for records that have withstood the test of time.

Bass Players To Know: Ross Valory

Bass Players To Know: Ross Valory

Harmonically clever and tonally unique, Ross Valory’s playing can be heard on most of Journey’s catalog and the hits that we know and love (or have heard a thousand times), certifying him as the latest Bass Player to Know.

Bass Players To Know: Krist Novoselic

Bass Players To Know: Krist Novoselic

In this entry in the “Bass Players To Know” series, Ryan sets her sights on Krist Novoselic, who inspired her to pick up the bass in high school.

Bass Players To Know: Carl Radle

Bass Players To Know: Carl Radle

There are plenty of players who have left the musical world far too soon and are frequently overlooked or, more commonly, heard but not known. One example that comes to mind is the great and soulful Carl Radle, the California transplant who made an indelible mark in the world of blues and soul during the 1970’s. A fortuitous connection with...

Bass Players To Know: Randy Meisner

Bass Players To Know: Randy Meisner

It’s safe to say that the pop/rock music of the 1970’s have been trending in this column series. After recently highlighting the classic records and notable bass players of Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits, and Billy Joel, I figured it was worthwhile to keep digging. The iconic easy listening songs that continue to permeate our musical landscape are chock full of...

Bass Players To Know: John McVie

Bass Players To Know: John McVie

Some records are undeniably awesome. They’ve stood the test of time thanks to stellar songwriting, clever musicianship, and excellent sound quality. They remind you of exactly how fantastic a particular band or artist is. If you haven’t listened to a record like that in a while, I highly recommend spending some quality time with Rumours by Fleetwood Mac. This record...

Bass Players To Know: Bernard Edwards

Bass Players To Know: Bernard Edwards

I’d like to title this column: “Better Late Than Never.” You’ve heard his bass lines at weddings, on the radio, at the supermarket, and possibly while waiting on the phone for the next available representative. His grooves defined the funk and disco era with their syncopated and infectious hooks, in-your-face tone, and get your booty on the dance floor swagger....