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You might not be crazy about the whole disco era, we sure understand, but we found a 10-piece band that has played 2,500 shows in 450 cities that was founded by a bass player! That’s right! Her name is Boogie Cindy and her band, Boogie Wonder Band has been around since 1996.

It’s always awesome to hear of a successful band that is anchored by a bass player!


According to Cindy, she has about 17 years of experience. While she, as a child, dreamed of being a famous bowler, she found music instead – which we’re fine with. According to No Treble magazine, Cindy and her band played in exclusive parties for “Celine Dion, Donald Trump for Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Cirque du Soleil, and Just for Laughs last July in Montreal.”

They seem to have a kick out of their gigs as well, check out this compilation of some of their shows below:


The great Esperanza Spalding

Posted: October 1, 2013 in Music
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Esperanza Spalding is one hell of a bass player! I particularly love her technique and style…


According to the musician’s wikipedia page, Spalding is particularly fond of different types of music and is greatly interested in Brazilian songs. Esperanza says that “with Portuguese songs, the phrasing of the melody is intrinsically linked with the language, and it’s beautiful.”

Some of the bass players that have influenced her include Dave Holland and Ron Carter. She loves jazz music and believes that the genre should be brought back to the people. According to Spalding, in the early days, jazz was “popular dance music” and “the music of young people who considered themselves awfully hip.”

Check out Esperanza showing what it’s all about alongside Wayne Shorter in the video below and click here for more info on her music.

No Treble, the all-bass-players magazine, featured a very interesting article on how a bass player doesn’t need just a bass. If you are a beginner and you would like to learn the dos and don’ts to avoid any headaches ahead, this could be a very interesting first read, especially if you have no idea of how much you’ll be spending to get all the gear you need.

Here’s a quote:

Investing in a new instrument is a lot like moving into a new house. You have a budget in mind, a good idea of the amenities that you want and need, and a few sources to help you find the perfect place. Finally, you find the right home; it’s in your price range, you sign the lease, and prepare for the move in date.

And then, something hits you: You need to hire movers, guilt trip your friends into helping, and prepare a few pizza orders.

For the whole article, click here and enjoy!

I’m not sure how well you like the grunge era, but one of my all-time favorite grunge bands has to be Alice in Chains. I had the chance to meet Mike Inez during this year’s NAMM show and let me tell ya’, he’s one hell of a sweet guy! He sure can rock out some awesome tunes as well. Here’s a quick bio:

Mike Inez (born May 14, 1966) is an American rock musician best known for his role as the bassist of Alice in Chains. Inez has also worked with other popular musical acts such as Ozzy Osbourne, Slash’s Snakepit, Black Label Society, and Heart. He is of Filipino descent.

Check out Inez playing with AIC back in 1996:

Who’s your favorite musician?

Posted: September 28, 2013 in Music
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For us at Tree Rat Records, we like to think that one of the most talented and gifted musicians of all is undoubtedly so Jaco Pastorius.


Here’s a quote from his official page‘s bio:

Jaco Pastorius may well have been the last jazz musician of the 20th century to have made a major impact on the musical world at large. everywhere you go,sometimes it seems like a dozen times a day, in the most unlikely places you hear jaco’s sound; from the latest tv commercial to bass players of all stripes copping his licks on recordings of all styles, from news broadcasts to famous rock and roll bands, from hip hop samples to personal tribute records, you hear the echoes of that unmistakable sound everywhere. (it may even be more imitated at this point than the previously most pervasive jazz sound to escape into the broader culture beyond the local borders of jazz, the moody harmon mute stylings of miles davis). for all the caterwauling that has gone on about new musicians that have shown up in recent years being toted as the “next miles”, or the “duke ellington of their generation”, or whatever, jaco outranks all of them and all of that by being the one and the only of his kind, without predecessor; the only post 1970 jazz musician known on a first name basis with all music fans of all varieties everywhere in the world. from the depths of africa where he is revered in almost god-like status to the halls of most every music university on the planet. to this day, and maybe more than ever, he remains the one and the only JACO.

And we agree. He remains the one and the only JACO.

Here’s a sweet video of him playing A Portrait of Tracy: