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Names of some good country bass players

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by okieman, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. okieman


    Sep 17, 2010
    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!
  2. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    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.
  3. peledog


    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    David Hungate of Toto fame, but he was also an L.A. session musician as well as Nashville.

  4. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    +1 Michael Rhodes is great!
  5. ZachM


    Nov 19, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    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
  6. Marginal Tom

    Marginal Tom

    Apr 28, 2010
    O'Fallon, IL
    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.
  7. unbridled


    May 26, 2005
    Endorsing Artist-Compton Compensated Custom Bridges (for Gretsch 6ers)
    Larry Marrs
  8. Don't know much about country bassists, but I thought I'd throw in our very own Roy Vogt into the mix.
  9. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    Roy's incredible... very nice guy too!
  10. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    Can't believe no one yet mentioned Dave Pomeroy. He and Michael Rhodes would be my first two choices.
  11. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    +1, great player!
  12. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    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.
  13. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    BIG +1 on Bob Moore.
  14. 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
  15. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    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.
  16. etoncrow

    etoncrow (aka Greg Harman, the curmudgeon with a conundrum)

    Old School: Lum York
  17. tjgirt


    Jan 26, 2009
    + 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.
  18. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    How's about John Cowan? He can sing like a bird as well as play the bass!
  19. rockstarbassist

    rockstarbassist Banned

    Apr 30, 2002
    The Woodlands, TX
    Endorsing Artist: HCAF
    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.
  20. oldmanp03


    Oct 7, 2010
    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.