All About That Bass

I’m a huge fan of the bass guitar. I think it’s the most underrated instrument in modern music. If you took the bass out of 90% of the rock songs between 1972 – 2000, those songs would be completely different.

Bass was my second instrument and started playing at 15 years old. My first bass was a red Hondo. Haven’t seen one since then. I think I either sold it or gave it to my friend Pete Scales and then “upgraded” to a Peavey Patriot 🤣!

This is my one and only bass now.

It’s an Ibanez SDGR and I found it at a pawn shop here in West Dundee, IL a few years back. It has an active pickup that sounds great direct into my DAW. Someday soon I’ll pick up a Fender P-Bass or Jazz.

My love for the bass started with the band Rush in 1981. As I dug deep into their music, I realized Geddy Lee played both bass and keys – and piano is my first instrument. So naturally, I started emulating what he did and learned a bunch of Rush songs on bass and keys. The pinnacle of bass/keys combo is of course the song “Tom Sawyer.”

In 2018, Geddy Lee published “Geddy Lee’s Big Beautiful Book of Bass” that has garnered many accolades by musicians around the world.

Today, as I write songs, I try and bring in bass parts as soon as possible since the song really starts to make sense to me with the low-end definition. Sometimes, I’ll even start with a bass line, then add drums and go from there. Those songs tend to be more interesting (IMO). My song Nowhere Fast is an example of that.


Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope you all are enjoying a day off and giving some thanks!  

I spent the morning in the studio working on some new songs by Nick Kraly.  Look for these new tracks in December.

There are three new songs posted on this week.

Tell Her This is a Del Amitri cover song that has been a staple in my acoustic set for years.  Love playing this song.  I used a recently acquired Ibanez acoustic that was given to me by Fox Valley Performance Center (ok – I won it in a raffle).  But, it’s very cool and designed by local company called Artisticology.

The next tune is called Posters and was recorded at a house concert last summer.  I played bass on this song and it was performed by Michael Gurley (dada).  This was really a highlight to play with Michael as I have been a huge dada fan for 20 years!

The third song is the classic, Sweet Child ‘o Mine!  This tune was requested by one of our Executive Producers, James Hargrave from the land down under.  Thanks again James!

That’s all for now – enjoy your turkey or tofu or whatever.

Look for several new tunes in December.