Beaver Felton: Central Intelligence

The bassist, instructor, and man behind Bass Central reflects on his life in low end

Beaver Felton: Central Intelligence

The bassist, instructor, and man behind Bass Central reflects on his life in low end

In 1985, Beaver Felton’s career as a bass player was rocketing to new heights, as his playing in the Orlando scene and teachings as an instructor were reaching people all over. This included Mike Varney of Guitar Player magazine, who was about to run a spotlight article about him that would surely thrust his career even further. But Felton’s rising trajectory and ambitious plans seemingly came to an abrupt halt when got into a car accident on the way to a gig. He sustained major spinal injuries and was left paralyzed from the waist down. Having been a national champion olympic weightlifter-turned performing musician for the whole of his life, his world was now turned upside down. But unlike many people in that position, Felton was determined to move forward and work even harder towards his success. It was a week into his recovery that the Guitar Player feature was released, followed by articles in the West German music magazine Fachblatt Musikmagazin and then Inside Bass in Switz
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Jon D'Auria   By: Jon D'Auria