As the world continues to recover from the Coronavirus, we're all finding ourselves in unfamiliar territory given the subsequent lockdown that is keeping us off of stages and confined to our homes. Luckily, there's comfort in the fact that we're all in this together, and that there are still many outlets for us musicians to keep us active and sane throughout this quarantine. We're checking in with bass players from all over the world to see what they're doing to stay entertained, healthy, productive, and safe during this trying time.
Bassist: Bob Glaub
Artists & Bands: Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Donna Summer, Linda Ronstadt, Stevie Nicks, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Rod Stewart, John Fogerty, Leonard Cohen, Don Henley
Home: Del Rey, California
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been dong a lot of house cleaning and gardening, staying in touch with family and friends via Facetime and Zoom, taking daily two-mile walks, cooking and eating three healthy meals a day with my girlfriend, and holding small, socially distant tailgate parties for my kids and grandkids.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been playing a different bass daily and I’m constantly working on my sound, tone, and right-hand technique. I dusted off several music books to practice reading. I’ve also been playing guitar and learning old songs that I love, by Jimmy Reed, Eddie Taylor, Slim Harpo, Merle Haggard, and the Beatles.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
I’ve been listening to a wide range of artists and styles. Some of the bass players I’ve been checking out are Kaveh Rastegar, Tim Lefebvre, Travis Carlton, MonoNeon, Sharay Reed, Daric Bennett, Nick Campbell, Charlie Haden, Paul Chambers, Leroy Vinnegar, and a guy on Instagram that goes by Kaybass1914. I text or Facetime daily with my best buddy, Keith Duffy, who is a great bass player from Dublin, Ireland. We send each other music and bass players to check out, as well as silly things to crack each other up.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’ve been playing my recently-acquired ’66 Fender Precision, a Jerry Jones Longhorn bass, a ’60s Goya Panther, Cary Nordstrand’s Acinonyx “Cat” bass, and a Taylor GS Mini-e Bass. I’ve been checking out the Ampeg SCR-DI, Ampeg LiquifierAnalog Chorus Pedal, Nordstrand StarLifter Bass Preamp/DI, EBS MicroBass 3 Preamp Pedal, and Phil Jones Bighead Pro HA-2.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
Besides walking, gardening, and video calls with family and fiends, we’ve been watching a lot of shows and movies, like Curb Your Enthusiasm, Unorthodox, The Plot Against America, Ozark,Fauda, After Life, Normal People, Tiger King, Los Tigres Del Norte at Folsom Prison, ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas, and Miles Davis: Birth of The Cool. I’ve also been reading Instagram posts by Ry Cooder and Morebarn Music—my friend Gary Waldman—and a terrific book called The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock ’n’ Roll, by Ian S. Port.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Picking up my four grandkids from school and hanging out with them. Seeing friends. Doing more recording. And hopefully resuming touring with Jackson Browne.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention all of the suffering by families that have been struck by this virus, and who’ve lost loved ones. My heart goes out to them. Staying healthy is obviously the number one priority for all of us. Eating well, getting exercise, and keeping anxieties in check all contribute to well being. I’m hopeful for a kinder, gentler world when we recover from this challenging time. And for those who live in the U.S.A, vote in November!
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