6/29/2016

Weekly Basslines #188: Good Morning Little School Girl (Johnny Winter)



This weeks bassline was requested by Thomas from Kaiserslautern (Germany), who attended my Blues Rock Workshop earlier this year. The song was recorded for Johnny Winters second studio album (first one with Columbia records) simply called "Johnny Winter" in 1969. The bass was played by Tommy Shannon, who later later joined Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band "Double Trouble" in 1981.






In 1999 I had the privilege to play as support act for Johnny Winter on a big festival in Germany with my band "Sunnyland Bluesband". Here a few pictures of my very young looking self from that gig.




 

6/22/2016

Weekly Basslines #187: Far Far Away (Slade)

15 years ago I was playing with a band called "Cover Kidzz", which solely played songs from the 70ies glam rock era.
If you're not familiar with this genre, here's what Wikipedia says about it:

Glam rock (also known as glitter rock) is a style of rock and pop music that developed in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s which was performed by singers and musicians who wore outrageous clothes, makeup, and hairstyles, particularly platform-soled boots and glitter. The flamboyant costumes and visual styles of glam performers were often camp or androgynous, and have been connected with new views of gender roles.

You probably can imagine how much fun we had ;-)
Here are some impressions:




One of my all-time favorite songs of that era was and still is "Far Far Away" by Slade with it's very melodic bassline. You can tell that bassist Jim Lea was co-author of this tune.





6/16/2016

Weekly Basslines #186: Shut Up And Dance (Walk The Moon)

Wow, that was fun. Last Weekend my Band was performing with a group of dancers on one of the biggest street festivals in my hometown. And of course we did this song :-)





Some impressions from our show:

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6/07/2016

Weekly Basslines #185: Diamond & Pearls (Prince)

Today would've been Prince' 58th Birthday!

I pay homage to this great musician with one of my favorite Prince basslines from the 1991 album of the same name. What a great composition!






R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson