Kent "Superman" Blanton video

Discussion in 'Bluegrass [DB]' started by M Ramsey, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. M Ramsey

    M Ramsey

    Mar 12, 2005
    North Carolina
    Evening all,

    I thought I'd share this link to Kent Blanton's recent video for MelBay. In the video Kent demonstrates some slap technique and he also demonstrates using his drum head and a snare brush, to add some extra rhythm. These styles have almost been forgotten, but Kent has them down.

    Kent Blanton Interview - YouTube

    Here's another fun link for those who participate on Facebook. You know all of us bass players are often overlooked and it's called the Unidentified Bass Players group.

    The group page is where Kent posted his video link. The video is about 9 minutes long and very interesting to me. I hope you'll enjoy it and share it amongst your "lowdown" friends.
  2. SVT4001

    SVT4001 Formerly DC Bass Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2010
    Laurel, Maryland, USA

    Mike, thanks for sharing!

    Mr. Blanton- Thanks for being a part of Talkbass! :)

  3. Sputter


    Mar 14, 2012
    Columbia, SC
    That's a great video. What a wonderfully solid bass player Kent is, with exceptional timing. He makes it look so effortless. I love his bass solo - great melodic solo with perfect slap timing. (Charlie Cushman on banjo is a huge plus as well. Those guys together just really are too perfect.)

    I love that he owns Joe Zinkan's bass! I was thinking about that a few weeks ago, when I asked myself, "I wonder where Joe Zinkan's bass is right now?" !!! Now I know, and it's in awfully good hands.

    Thanks for sharing this video. Bookmarked!
  4. Swizzledoop


    Oct 10, 2007
    Great video! Thanks so much for posting.
  5. bobsax


    Jan 16, 2011
    Southern Oregon
    Wow , I love that drum head attachment.
    Does anybody have any info on it?
    It looks like you need to put a hole in your bass to attach it.
    I found another vid of the drum head.
  6. It's called a Brush Bass. You can find some threads that mention it on this forum, DBC and Bassgrass if you search for that term.

    I found an easy DIY version on YouTube that uses a big yellow auto sponge and a coated snare drum head. Took me about 10 min to make and pop right off the instrument with no perm modification. I'm in SF too if you want to check it out.