I've been involved with music since I was around 12 years old, although my Dad taught me some guitar melodies before that. I was always pulled to the bottom end, so I ended up on bass. Briefly put, I had garage bands up until about 21 years old, and then got serious with an original band at Appalachian State called "Jessica". We moved to Atlanta around 74-75, and I've played professionally ever since...I mean, if you got paid a dollar, you're a professional... right? I did the trenches of top 40 for years, and ended up with Unknown Hinson around '96. In those years, I've been on many people's records, and recorded my own solo record of instrumentals entitled, "Fresh Lettuce". I am also in a number of side projects, one being "Goldfish Andy", a kinda instrumental funk/jazz/rock thing.
My Dad...and the British Invasion.
A Gibson Les Paul SG...a guy taking guitar from my Dad wanted a Gretsch Country Gentleman, so he sold the SG and Gibson Skylark amp to my Dad for about 200 bucks.
Led Zepplin II
Any Django album
Jaco Pastorius solo record which I got when it came out
Playing with Unknown Hinson at The Sundance Film Festival. Playing in the Boxmasters at Willie Nelson's Place on tour with Ray Price, Willie, and Billy Joe Shaver....
In Guitar Player or Bass Player magazine years ago when you sold the first basses.
Reverend Decision Bass, and Reverend Mercalli 5 string.
Well, that's easy - my Decision Bass, which I use on tour with Unknown Hinson, feels familiar - it has since the day I got it. The neck is very nice -somewhere between P and J bass neck, and is a comfortable thickness from the fingerboard to the back of the neck...important to me. The pups are great and voiced nicely. I tend to run both volumes wide open, tone wide open, blend knob centered. That's my go to setting and it works for me. If I Palm mute, I get a huge thump...its very controllable the way the bridge pup is positioned. My action is real low by most people's standards, like Entwhistle said "on the other side of the frets", but the neck is stable enough to allow this, and if it moves with climate change, a quick truss rod adjustment with my feeler gauges fixes it. I play with a pretty light touch because of right hand arthritis problems. It works well for me. The bass is awesome.
Amp-wise I have a collection. With UH, I use an old English made Ashdown Head...it's a workhorse and does the tour thing well. I use a couple of Fender cabs with that: a 4x10 and a single 15. Other gigs I may use Schroeder Cabs and any number of heads: a TCRH450, a Eich T1000, or a 70's Bassman 100 that has been modified by Dale Laslie of Megatone Amps. I also collaborated with Dale on an upright bass preamp/DI called The Kohrolator. My other 2 amps are a vintage Acoustic 360, and a Jonas Hellborg Rig!
Pedal wise, I don't use any with UH. With my trio, Goldfish Andy, I use a pedalboard set up consisting of a Xotic Bass Drive, Electro Harmonix envelope filter from the 70's, Seymour Duncan bass compressor, Boss Octave, Boss Chorus, and a TC Flashback delay and looper...not in this order of course.
I fly RC airplanes and build them - also Quad copters I have 2 old Jeeps, a 1978 CJ7 and a 1970 Jeepster Commando that I work on and enjoy. I also have a 5 year old son, Rock, that keeps me busy at 64 years old.
Advice for young players? Learn your craft. If you are serious about pursuing a career in music, learn every aspect of it. Be smart, be on time. Be humble yet confident. Respect the cats that came before you.
I just finished co producing and playing on an album for a singer named Andrea Templon that I'm very proud of. I also am a member of The Healing Blues Band, which has recorded 2 albums to help bring awareness to the plight of the homeless population and veterans who are struggling. I am on tour with Unknown Hinson currently, and still playing in as many side projects as possible.