Bass Magazine Lockdown Check-In With John Montagna

Bass Magazine's "Low End Lockdown Check-In" feature is reaching out to bassists around the globe as we adjust and maintain during the quarantine.

Thanx to Chris Jisi, Jon D'Auria and the whole BM team for welcoming me into the…

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DON'T STOP THE MUSIC (quarona remix)

I don’t always play “private event” gigs, but when I do it’s usually with these rock stars. 

I wanted our “isolation collab” video to look and feel like we’re in the same room.

So I had everyone…

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I Ain't Got You (but I got me!)

First it was the cancellations. Fest For Beatles Fans…Concert For Bangladesh Revisited…Flower Power Cruise…all gone within 72 hours. Then it was the bars and restaurants closed, so no more of those mid-week “stacking” gigs I did for the hang and…

Murray

This is a blog I dreaded writing.  But it’s the most effective way that I know to organize my thoughts, so here we are.  My stepfather, Murray Becker, passed away on Sunday, April 5th from a brief but severe (non-COVID)…

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Radio 418 podcast: Better Days with JOEY MOLLAND

The Liverpool-bred guitarist, singer and songwriter brought his tough, rock and roll edge when he joined Badfinger in 1969. But that legendary group is only a part of Joey Molland’s story.  He has survived the ups and downs of…

Do I Have To Do This All Over Again? (RIP Peter Tork)

The news of Peter Tork’s passing broke yesterday afternoon, and within minutes there were tributes spreading across social media: links to Monkees songs he wrote and/or sang, photos, stories of personal encounters.  The remembrances of his colleagues paint a portrait…

Rockeology: When 48th Street Was the Center of the Universe

Happy New Year to all!  I'm ringing in 2019 with a new piece for CultureSonar, celebrating the parallel histories of two legendary NYC music retailers: Manny's Music, and Sam Ash.  What are some of your most cherished memories of 48th…