Welcome to Thunder Row, where bassists from around the world connect, collide, confer, conference, compose, collude, and communicate!
Don't be shy, jump on in!
byPublished on 04-05-2011 03:29 AM
photo by Steve Parke
TR has a lot more visitors and members since we first published our interview with the inimitable Victor Wooten. So, because Victor is a bass player every bass player should know, here's a little background before we repost the interview.*
Victor Lemonte Wooten (born September 11, 1964 in Mountain Home, Idaho and live in Newport News, VA from 1972 through '88) is an American electric bass guitar player sometimes referred to as "the Michael Jordan of bass".
The youngest of five brothers, he was taught by his older brother Regi to play bass at age three, and by age five Victor could hold simple bass lines and play gigs. The Wooten Brothers band (Regi, Rudy, Roy, Joseph and Victor) performed in California in the late 60's and early 70s, then moved to Virginia where they played in the 70s and 80s, toward the end of which they were a fixture at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg. This was about the time they began to make a name for themselves, opening for Curtis Mayfield and War.
After moving to Nashville, Tennessee in 1988 Victor was immediately recruited by blues and ...
byPublished on 03-14-2011 03:06 AM
Confession time: We had no idea who Mark King was (or Level 42, for that matter) prior to researching the London Bass Guitar Show. Shows what we know. No doubt those of you who thrive on slap bass are already familiar with him. This bio - courtesy of our friends at Wikipedia - is for the rest of us.
Mark King of Level 42
Mark King (born 20 October 1958, Cowes, Isle of Wight) is an English musician. He is most famous for being the lead singer and bassist of the band, Level ...
byPublished on 03-01-2011 08:18 AM
Dave Pomeroy is a gifted bassist (meaning he PRACTICES!) and President of the Nashville Musician's Union. We're most grateful that, given his demanding schedule, he managed to grant us an exclusive interview, which follows: First, a couple of paragraphs from his bio on Wikipedia by way of introduction:
Dave Pomeroy (born April 26, 1956) is a United States musician, known as a Nashville vocalist, songwriter, and producer (Earwave Productions), but renowned as a bassist. He has played electric and acoustic bass in the studio for many recording artists in addition to his solo and concert work. Pomeroy currently serves as president of the Nashville based Local 257 of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) as well ...
byPublished on 01-24-2011 11:22 AM
James Lee Jamerson (January 29, 1936 – August 2, 1983) was an American bass player. He was the uncredited bassist on most of Motown Records' hits in the 1960s and early 1970s (Motown did not list session musician credits on their releases until 1971), and he has become regarded as one of the most influential bass players in modern music history. He was inducted ...
byPublished on 01-12-2011 05:13 AM
It's a wonderful thing to discover bassists you weren't necessarily aware of, but whose passion for and remarkable ability on the bass is something you want to rush out and shout to the world. Such is the case with Amanda Ruzza - a bassist we think every bassist should know. We were privileged to interview Amanda recently and present this remarkable musician herewith.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil to a Chilean mother who loved opera and an Italian father who loved rock n’ roll, AMANDA RUZZA developed an eclectic musical ear at an early age. She was introduced to her family’s different cultures and languages during her childhood, and soon became fluent in Portuguese, ...
byPublished on 09-28-2010 07:23 PM
Following our BB theme (last month, Bryan Beller), this month we present bass virtuoso Bunny Brunel. When Chick Corea watched Bunny play one night with Brazilian pianist singer Tania Maria at The Ronnie Scott Club jazz club in London in 1978, Bunny was unaware of the ultimate significance Corea would play in his future success as a bassist.
Few weeks after that visit to London, Chick called Bunny and asked him to pack up and join him on a world wide tour. Bunny quickly accepted and went on to record ...
byPublished on 09-07-2010 02:00 AM
This month’s bass legend, is Bryan Beller. Like many professional players, he has more than one oar in the water (or is that pots on the stove?) and his regular contributions to Bass Player Magazine, as well as his session and touring work, keep his name at the forefront of any serious discussion about the bass, bassists, and bass playing. The introduction is from his website, followed by his TR interview. Enjoy! Ed.
"Brain maintained a frenetic, multi-faceted career as a bassist, composer, writer and clinician for nearly twenty years. On his own, Beller released his debut solo album, the jazz/rock-flavored View, in late 2003 to widespread ...
byPublished on 08-15-2010 04:15 PM
Our featured bass legend this month is Nate Watts who, as Stevie Wonder's bass man for over thirty years, has been on the cutting edge of soul, blues, funk, and pop. Thunder Row is pleased to present the following interview, as well as this introduction from our friends at Bass Player Magazine:
"Born in Detroit on March 25, 1954, Nathan Lamar Watts was raised an only child on the city’s gritty west side. Inspired by jazz great Lee Morgan, he took up trumpet in elementary school, forming a trio with friends and fellow future session stars Ollie Brown on drums and Ray Parker Jr. on clarinet.
When he wasn’t in school, Nathan would stroll over to Motown’s Hitsville Studios to watch through the basement window as the Funk Brothers worked their magic. Another passion was the rock & roll of Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Rare Earth, Mahogany Rush, and Steppenwolf, many of whom played ...
byPublished on 06-02-2010 05:00 PM
Thunder Row's new Bass Legends Corner features interviews with artists whose contributions to the art of bass guitar have earned them legendary status. Our inaugural article features Austrian electric bassist Bernhard Lackner whose extraordinary work is showcased on his latest album In Between (http://www.abstractlogix.com/xcart/p...roductid=21875) *
Currently based in Nashville, TN, Bernard has worked with many artists, among them: Mino Cinelu, Adam Holzman, Marco Minnemann, Horacio El Negro Hernandez, Adam Nitti, Trip Wamsley, Florian Bramböck, Steve Cunningham, Christian Wegscheider, Franz Hackl, Jeff Coffin, Derico Watson, and Chester Thompson. He's performed for Red Bull at their Hangar 7 in Salzburg(Austria), at the Eurobassday (Italy), at the ...