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Zac Brown Band Announces New Tour with Matt Mangano
Concerts & Tours

Zac Brown Band Announces New Tour with Matt Mangano

Zac Brown Band will be performing across North America in 2020 on a trek the bandleader is calling the “Roar With The Lions Tour.” The band is anchored by bassist Matt Mangano, who joined the group in 2014.

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Leland Sklar Featured in Upcoming “Immediate Family” Documentary
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Leland Sklar Featured in Upcoming “Immediate Family” Documentary

Twelve years after his hit documentary “The Wrecking Crew,” filmmaker Denny Tedesco is back with a new project on legendary session musicians. The new film is once again named after the group it features: The Immediate Family.

The Dave Pope Trio Releases “You and the Night and the Music”
New Albums

The Dave Pope Trio Releases “You and the Night and the Music”

Drummer Dave Pope has released his debut album, “You and the Night and the Music.” The trio record includes John Patitucci on bass and Pope's brother (and bassist/preamp designer) Mike on piano!

Pearl Jam Announces New Album, North American Tour
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Pearl Jam Announces New Album, North American Tour

Big news for Pearl Jam fans: the band has announced their 11th studio album, Gigaton, will be released on March 27th. They’ll also be touring North America in support of the record.

Ben Kenney Releases Solo Album, “Must Be Nice”
New Albums

Ben Kenney Releases Solo Album, “Must Be Nice”

Incubus bassist Ben Kenney has released his sixth solo album, “Must Be Nice.” The record features seven original compositions with Kenney performing all of the instruments and vocals.

Pablo Elorza Publishes “Right Hand Path” Technique Book
Sheet Music & Instruction

Pablo Elorza Publishes “Right Hand Path” Technique Book

Pablo Elorza has published a new instructional book for bassists called “Right Hand Path.” The 50-page eBook explains what it means to have good right-hand technique, how to obtain it, and the results you get for having good technique.

Hawktail Returns with “Formations”
New Albums

Hawktail Returns with “Formations”

Hawktail has released their second album, called “Formations.” The all-instrumental acoustic band includes bassist Paul Kowert, who also plays for The Punch Brothers.

Udo Pannekeet Releases “Electric Regions”
New Albums

Udo Pannekeet Releases “Electric Regions”

Focus bassist Udo Pannekeet has released a new solo album called “Electric Regions.” The 43-minute album is comprised of five original compositions including the epic 24-minute title track.

Alpha Distribution Acquires Amptweaker Pedals
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Alpha Distribution Acquires Amptweaker Pedals

Alpha Distribution will be acquiring Amptweaker, the pedal brand founded by engineer James Brown and his wife Phyllis. Brown is handing off the company to accept a position with Fender’s EVH Amplifier division.

The Allman Brothers Band Regroups for 50th Anniversary Tribute Show
Concerts & Tours

The Allman Brothers Band Regroups for 50th Anniversary Tribute Show

Nearly six years after the band called it quits, the surviving members of the final Allman Brothers Band lineup will be reuniting for a special 50th-anniversary tribute show. The band, which will now be called The Brothers, will include Oteil Burbridge.

Satyricon’s Anders Odden Diagnosed with Cancer
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Satyricon’s Anders Odden Diagnosed with Cancer

Satyricon bassist and Cadaver co-founder Anders Odden has been diagnosed with colon cancer. The heavy metal musician made the news public on his Instagram page.

Carol Kaye Responds to “Mrs. Maisel” Homage
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Carol Kaye Responds to “Mrs. Maisel” Homage

If you’ve watched the latest season of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” you may have noticed a new character who seems quite familiar. That’s because the fictional Carole Keen is based on real-life bass hero Carol Kaye. Kaye has weighed in on the character.