Band: Peter Gabriel / King Crimson / Stickmen
Tony Levin is in arguably the most influential bass player in America. Having played bass for a seemingly endless list of artists (including David Bowie, John Lennon, Alice Cooper, Paul Simon, Peter Frampton), and an even longer list of albums (400 and counting), Levin is best known in cult circles for his 80s work with the prog rock band, King Crimson. (The term “progressive” is used by definition, but Crimson’s music was a complex filtering of classical, new wave, metal, folk and jazz.) Levin’s most famous contribution, however, came in the form of the casual funk bassline in Peter Gabriel’s Motown-influenced “Sledgehammer,” a runaway #1 hit in 1986.
Levin helped popularize the famous Chapman Stick and NS “skeleton body” upright bass. He also created “funk fingers,” a kind of drumstick attached to the fingers to produce a percussive funk sound on the bass strings.
Band: P!nk / Cher / Telstar
1991: Legendary engineer/producer Andy Johns (Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton) brings a Pignose amplifier and Gibson EB3 bass guitar to the Hollywood Hills home of British Invasion bassist, Kim Gardner. Kim, who was in the in … more »
Band: G Love & Special Sauce
While it can’t quite be categorized as blues or rock or psychedelic soul, Philadelphia’s G Love & Special Sauce blends their low-fi charm into a rich, gravy-smooth jumble of hip-hop, backroom blues and R&B. After releasing their self-titled debut album … more »
Band: Heart / Heart By Heart
Steve Fossen, is a founding member and original bassist for Heart. His work on the albums “Dreamboat Annie,” “Little Queen,” “Magazine,” “Dog & Butterfly,” “Bebe le Strange,” as well as several greatest hits and compilations, has been a staple of … more »
Band: Rorschach Test / Sympathetic Injection
Jason Buttino began his music career in New York since 5 years of age training in vocals, studying classical piano, playing drums and performing then became serious when He chose to study vocals with the Famous David Kyle, known as … more »