Names of some good country bass players

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  1. okieman

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    I'm learning to play bass by choosing some simple rock songs and some blues music. I'd like to add country bass because I like some of it, if it was recorded before the '90s. What I'm asking for is some names of country bassists that have, say, done a lot of work with band so I can buy a CD of that band and hear the bass player's work. Nothing fancy please!
     
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    Look up Michael Rhodes. He's also seen fairly regularly on the Country music cable channels backing up all the big names on live performance specials - tall, skinny, bald head.
     
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    David Hungate of Toto fame, but he was also an L.A. session musician as well as Nashville.

     
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    +1 Michael Rhodes is great!
     
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    Michael Rhodes definitely. You shouldn't have much trouble hearing him - he plays on nearly everything it seems!

    Also, these guys would be a good place to start:
    Willie Weeks
    Mike Brignardello
    Jimmie Lee Sloas
     
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    Bee Spears, who played bass for Willie Nelson for several decades. Willie's a fabulous songwriter, but as a singer, his phrasing is a bit shall we say, unusual? Bee's primary job was to keep the music in time, despite the vocals.
     
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    Don't know much about country bassists, but I thought I'd throw in our very own Roy Vogt into the mix.
     
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    Roy's incredible... very nice guy too!
     
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    Can't believe no one yet mentioned Dave Pomeroy. He and Michael Rhodes would be my first two choices.
     
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    jerry Definitely not trending Gold Supporting Member

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    +1, great player!
     
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    Thanks for the kind words! My personal favorites include Michael Rhodes, Dave Pomeroy, Glen Worf and Mike Chapman.
    IMO you need to check out Bob Moore and Henry Strzelecki as well to study where these contemporary players got their ideas and inspiration.
    I would recommend that you check out Eddie Stubbs' evening show on www.wsmonline.com as well. Eddie has great respect for Country and really communicates the roots of this music as well as anyone I've heard.
     
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    BIG +1 on Bob Moore.
     
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    Check out "slick" Joe Fick, Zack Shedd and Dave Roe. All excellent players. They have all played with the Travis Mann Band in Nashville. Check out Travis he's great but I might be prejudiced since he's my nephew. www.travismannband.com
     
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    Tully w/ Jason Aldean brings it pretty good, as well as Robbie Harrington w/ Dierks Bentley.
    Jeremy Plato with (formerly Cross Canadian Ragweed), now with Cody Canada & The Departed is pretty amazing. One of my biggest influences and I have to "pull back" the country fills/runs at times b/c of that, according to my band. ;)
    His command of the fretless 6 is as good as any high-level jazz/fusion guy I've seen.
     
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    + 1. Jeremy Plato. (Cross Canadian Ragweed). Great bass player and he will have a solo or two on just about every album. Their self named album, or better known as their purple album (purple cover) has some good bass lines on it.
     
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    How's about John Cowan? He can sing like a bird as well as play the bass!
     
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    Yup, that one plus Soul Gravy has my fave Jeremy lines. He also is about as good a BGV singer you can ask for, and later sang the lead on two CCRW songs. :bassist::bassist: His solo on the Live & Loud at Cain's Ballroom is pretty fun to play too.
     
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    Have some great video of Plato on a 6 string fretless Jazz Bass from the Departed show at Gruene Hall. Need to get it loaded on the internet somewhere. Guy is pretty incredible.
     

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