In this episode I got to sit down in a Minneapolis bar with one of my bass heroes Mr. Sonny Thompson, aka "Sonny T" from the original and best version of The New Power Generation. His funky and completely original approach to bass can be heard on quite a few amazing Prince songs, some of them hits and some of them undiscovered treasures to many. In this podcast we get down to the nitty gritty and discuss song details with the man himself after listening to excerpts of the songs. Sonny also talks about working with Prince and his approach to using effects among other topics. My guest host in this episode is Mr. Anthony Rankin, a Prince fanatic and super musician in his own right. Anthony helps us dig deep with some of the great bass lines on Prince albums throughout the years featuring other bass players as well as Prince himself. It's about to get fonky and very, very nerdy.
Sean Hurley's resumé contains a who's who of popular music, John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Lana Del Ray, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Leonard Cohen, Robin Thicke, Vertical Horizon and many others. In this episode Sean talks about his bass recording gear, the way the Los Angeles music scene is evolving, his favorites among the tracks he has played on and he also shares many other useful tips and stories. To spend an hour with this beacon of good bass playing taste should be a prerequisite for all bass players, beginners to professionals. Luckily, that hour can be found right here on The Lowdown Society Podcast. Enjoy!
When I first saw the "P!nk: The Funhouse Tour Live In Australia" DVD about 9 years ago I was taken back not only by P!nk's showmanship but also by the tightness and enthusiasm of her band. It was a true pleasure to sit down with Miss Eva Gardner who holds perhaps the biggest, but most certainly the best gig in Pop music today. Eva shares valuable advice about her career playing for not only P!nk, but also other Pop superstars like Cher and Gwen Stefani.
Amos took time out from being a very busy dad and in demand bass player to sit down to discuss everything from loving Classical Music and Heavy Metal growing up, to the current state of pop music, to Britney Spears bass lines, to his main gig playing bass for Taylor Swift. He was also kind enough to play one of his favorite bass parts from Taylor's show and discuss how he prepared for all the world-class guest artists he had to back up on the latest tour. Too much good stuff from this one guy. Fellow bass nerds and music nerds in general, rejoice!
For this first episode I sat down and laughed a lot with my good friend Jim Mayer from Jimmy Buffett and The Coral Reefer Band. We get to hear about everything from Jim's beginnings as an upright bass player in the Jazz scene in St. Louis, competing with his brother who could practice the longest, to stories from his many tours as a Coral Reefer. Toward the end of the episode we get to meet Jim's alter ego, children's entertainer "Uncle Jim". Oh, and we also get a solo bass performance of "Margaritaville".