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Lita Ford recruits P.J. Farley for tour

Lita Ford, the 80’s hard-rock queen and lead guitarist for The Runaways, has recruited P.J. Farley from Trixter/Ra as her new touring bassist. Since her return in 2008 from a 15 year break, Ford has been planning to release a new album, Wicked Wonderland, on her JLRG Entertainment label later this year, as well as playing a 75-date tour. Be...


Alun Vaughan’s solo bass webcast for charity

Bassist Alun Vaughan is joining Cancer Research UK in a fundraising event, Busking Cancer, by performing a solo bass concert via webcast from his home. The event will be held live at 8:30pm UK time on June 20th (to find out your local time, visit this site), and recorded for anyone who can’t watch it live. The webcast will run...


Hot Tuna’s Jamaica Celebration

Hot Tuna recently announced that they will be playing in Jamaica this December to celebrate the 50 year old friendship between the band’s two founding members, bassist Jack Casady and guitarist Jorma Kaukonen. The band will be offering an all-inclusive package for the Jamaican get-away from December 10-14 which includes accommodation at Lido Negril resort and spa. Tip of the...

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Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

The 32nd annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival kicks off on June 27th, in Saratoga Springs, NY, with over 20 performances taking place during the two-day event. On Saturday, June 27, the festival kicks off with performances by SMV – Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny and Antonio Sanchez, Patti LaBelle, Spanish Harlem...

Bass Videos, New Albums

GospelChops: Bass Sessionz Volume 1

GospelChops, a producer of gospel music instructional DVDs, is releasing Bass Sessionz: Volume 1 later this month. The DVD includes over three hours of instructional videos, performances and interviews with gospel and jazz bassists Andrew Gouche, Janek Gwizdala, Damian Erskine, Robert “Bubby” Lewis, Justin Raines, Jon Reshard, Dywane Thomas, Anthony Nembhard, and Hadrien Feraud, with special appearances by John Beasley,...


Jack Bruce to headline Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival

The Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival kicks off next month, from July 31st to August 9th, in Scotland. Cream bassist Jack Bruce is among the headliners, performing with guitarist Robin Trower and drummer Gary Husband. The schedule and band line-up is pretty amazing. Chris Minh Doky will be performing with Doky/Ozone/Johansen/Smith. Bassist Mario Caribe will perform as part of Phil...

New Albums

Black Sabbath to release “Best Of” album

Black Sabbath, featuring bassist Geezer Butler, front-man Ozzy Osbourne, drummer Bill Ward and guitarist Tony Iommi, will release their best of album on June 15th. This band is unquestionably one of the most influential Hard Rock bands to date. VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock ranked them second to only Led Zeppelin. They have also sold millions of albums...

Concerts & Tours

SMV to headline Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

A festival with likely the longest name in festival history, The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF), kicks off today and runs through June 20th, in Rochester, NY. SMV, the bass trio consisting of Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten is among the festival’s headlining acts. More than 800 musicians will perform in more than 225 concerts. Maybe they...

Concerts & Tours

Missy Raines & the New Hip

Missy Raines & the New Hip Bassist Missy Raines is on the road, touring with her new band, Missy Raines & the New Hip, and showcasing her new musical directions. The tour follows the band’s February release, Inside Out. As Missy puts it, she “is now stepping out to make a longtime dream come true; creating a fusing of bluegrass...

New Albums

Super 400: Sweet Fist

Super 400 is working on their latest soon to be released album, Sweet Fist, and No Treble got a sneak preview of the rock monster’s work. The record was recorded on tape at legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN, and adds another gem to their discography. In their words the album “stands for power and heart, honesty and desire!” Super...

Concerts & Tours

Playboy Jazz Festival: the bassists

This weekend’s Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl will include two days of great music and great bass players. Highlights include Dave Holland with his big band, Esperanza Spalding and John Patitucci with the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Here’s a more complete lineup: Saturday performances include Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band featuring Wallace Roney, Norman Brown’s Summer Storm 2009, The...


SongKick: Never miss a concert

How often do you find yourself jumping from site to site for you favorite bands, trying to find out when they are on tour? SongKick makes it easy! It is a social-concert site dedicated to concert recommendations. You can import your Last.FM top 50 to track, post pictures from concerts you’ve attended, track specific bands, or track other people and...