12 QUESTIONS WITH BRAD HOUSER

Can you give us a brief history of your playing career?
Started sax in 6th grade, including marching band every morning in grades 8-12. Bass at age 17 – lounge band with Jerry Hitt at age 23, formed New Bohemians in 1984, Edie Brickell joined in ’85. Hit record, touring, TV, ’89-91. New Bohemians continued on as an instrumental quartet. Critters Buggin formed in Seattle 1993, morphing into the Dead Kenny Gs, 2007-present day. Currently touring with some support dates with Primus. Local gigs in Austin include Suzanna Choffel, David Garza, Chrysta Bell, Zydeco Blanco (on sax), Boombox ATX, and the Mingtones.

What inspired you to start playing?
I saw that girls were paying more attention to rock bands than horn bands. Wanted to plug in and rock. Loud.

What was your first electric bass?
’78 Fender P-bass – weighed a ton.

What are your top 5 favorite records?
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis (one of “the two” greatest records of all time)
Talk to La Bomb – Brazilian Girls
Coltrane – John Coltrane
Any and all Led Zeppelin
Most jazz records by dead guys

What was the proudest moment and/or performance of your playing career?
Playing in front of one million people in Central Park, Earth Day 1990, NYC.

How did you hear about Reverend?
Saw my first Rumblefish hanging on the wall at Bass Northwest, Seattle, 1998. Hunter Green. Took it home.

What Reverend guitar(s)/basses are you using?
2 Brad Houser signature 5′s, a new Mercalli 5 FM, and a USA guitar in Houser Purple.

What do you like about your Reverend guitar?
The sound. The Mercalli 5 is pretty much perfect, and it looks cool. Also planning on getting a Dub King hollowbody..

What amps and pedals do you currently use?
Pedals – 5 Moogerfoogers: delay, ring modulator, freq box, phaser, lowpass filter. Barker Assmaster distortion, Visual volume, Boss Octave, DOD envelope filter, MXR bass envelope filter, Aguilar Tone Hammer, Radial BassBone.

Do you have any unusual hobbies, skills, or pastimes you’d like to share with us?
Bike riding, reading, petting my dog and political Horror.

Do you have any advice for up and coming players?
If you are not possessed/driven to do it, …don’t. It’s too much of a
pain in the ass.

Please tell us about any of your current projects, tours, cds, etc. we should know about:
The Dead Kenny G’s are touring the southeast with Primus, May 27- June 9, 2011. Suzanna Choffel album “Steady Eye, Shaky Bow” out now. (bass and saxophone). Occasional one-offs with Heavy Makeup, an all-improv band with Edie Brickell, Kenny Withrow, John Bush, Aaron Comess, Zac Baird, and me. New Dead Kenny Gs CD “Operation Long Leash” out now, and on iTunes.