Lane Baldwin Needs Our Support!

Lane BaldwinHey Folks, one of our bass brethren is in dire need of our help.  My friend, blues bassist extraordinaire, Lane Baldwin has been having some serious medical issues the past several months and is in need of financial support.  He is currently unable to play out which means no income is coming in and his living expenses and medical bills are really starting to add up.  Lane is a great guy who really needs our help right now.  Anything you can do would surely be appreciated.

Lane’s Med Bills and Living Expenses

Lane Baldwin to represent Sacramento in International Blues Challenge

LaneBaldwinMedResSeptember 9, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Media Entertainment Management Group (MEMG) announced that their premier artist Lane Baldwin won the Sacramento, CA, International Blues Challenge regional solo/duo competition yesterday, performing on bass guitar and vocals. This is the first time a solo bassist has represented the city in the IBC competitions. It may also be the first time a solo bassist has competed in the final rounds of the IBC.

MEMG President Polo Jones is proud of his feature artist’s unique sound and approach. “I’ve never seen a performer like him,” Jones said of his long-time friend. “He’s got a very deep Old School presence but with a distinctive new twist. And he brings an amazing level of passion that’s hard to match. The fact that he does it all on bass just makes it that much more captivating.”

Lane is currently performing in the Sacramento and Bay areas with his trio Deeper Blues. He is also rehearsing a larger band to tour in support of his upcoming second release, The View From Here.

Acting as producer (as well as engineer) for the new CD, Jones brought in an array of the Bay Area’s top talent, including drummers Bryant Mills (John Lee Hooker, Sly Stone) and Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney), keyboardists Nate Ginsberg (Herbie Hancock, Larry Graham) and Danny B (Sista Monica Parker), guitarists Terry Hiatt (Laura Price and Artist), Dave Adams ( Prairie Prince, Ronnie Montrose, Steve Miller), vocalist Tammy Brown (Stanley Jordan, Spyro Gyra) Saxophonists Noel Catura (Joe Luis Walker, Chris Cain) and  Lisa Simpson, to name a few.

Lane’s set for the IBC competition included four of his own songs and Lane’s imaginative arrangement of an old favorite. “I wanted to offer a broad range of styles to demonstrate what the Blues can be,” Baldwin said. “But I wanted to focus on the stories more than anything, that old way of releasing your pain.”

The secret behind Baldwin’s solo sound is his extended range bass guitar. “It’s pretty unusual in the Blues, Rock and Americana,” said Baldwin, “but for 17 years, my main instrument has been my Spector 6-string bass guitar. It’s an extremely important part of what I do. In fact, it’s a requirement.”

Two time contender and judge for the contest, Sean McGroarty was very impressed with Lane’s performance. “Lane’s performance was very unique and very powerful, which is why the judges all voted to send him to Memphis to compete against musicians from around the world. I have no doubt Lane will be a serious contender.”

From January 21st through 25th, 2014, Baldwin will compete in the final rounds of the IBC competition, comprised of two quarterfinal nights, a semifinal, and the final round, which will take place in the historic Orpheum Theater.

As for his chances of winning, Baldwin says he’s just thrilled to take part in the event. “ This is the biggest event of its kind,” he said, “and it attracts some of the best players in the world. I just want to represent Sacramento to the best of my ability. I’m going to bring the deepest Blues I have, and we’ll see if they’re deep enough.”

Lane Baldwin is an internationally acclaimed singer, bassist, songwriter and author. His 2008 release, Dig the Hole,  has been hailed as the “best Blues in decades.” Iconic Blues bassist Johnny B. Gayden (Albert Collins) calls Lane one of the best of his generation. For more information, visit his web site:

MEMG is an umbrella artist development firm that uses an “all under one roof” approach to bring organic

artists to the forefront of today’s entertainment industry. In addition to development and management services, MEMG operates world-class audio, film and TV recording facilities, and

6 Stellar Bass Lesson Websites

While I am committed to completing Roy Vogt’s Teach Me Bass Guitar course, I can’t help but notice that a number of stellar bass lesson websites have popped up over the last couple of years.  Some of these offer free tips, tricks and lessons, some are pay sites and many are a combination of the two.  In an effort to expand my horizons as a bass player I often browse many of these sites for insight, inspiration and even just a different perspective.  Now is definitely a great time to be a bassist as more and more of these sites, as well as miscellaneous videos seem to be popping up daily. 

The following 6 bass lesson websites are ones that I find myself returning to again and again.

Scott Devine’s Scotts Bass

Online Bass Lessons“Scott’s site is a treasure trove of online bass lessons and bass-related information. Even better than that, it’s the right information.” — Chris Tarry (John Scofield, Ben Monder, Adam Rogers, …)

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Janek Gwizdala’s Video Bass Lessons

Free Bass Guitar Lessons | How To Play Bass Guitar Free Bass Lessons Learn to Play Bass Online Bass Lessons Play Bass Guitar Scales ChordsFree bass guitar lessons w/Janek Gwizdala on bass chords, bass scales, bass lines, & much more. Enter your email address for more free bass guitar lessons

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 Norm Stockton’s Art of Groove

Video Bass Instruction – Art of Groove, Bass Lessons with Norm StocktonNorm Stockton’s bass lesson download and subscription website. Includes instructional clips from Pondering the Sushi, Tea In The Typhoon, Grooving for Heaven DVDs, tunes from Lincoln Brewster and much more.

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MarloweDK’s Play Bass Now

PlayBassNow.comTips on playing the electric bass with MarloweDK Video lessons, practice advice, Bass lick of the day (this feed is only displaying a FRACTION of the licks ). Get more licks at the

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 Paul Wolfe’s

How To Play BassMost of us who pick up the bass guitar do so for three reasons: We Want to Emulate A Bass Playing Idol We Want To Play In A Band With Other Musicians/Our Friends A Combination of (1) and (2) So why then do most bass teachers start off teaching bassists how to play scales and arpeggios.

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 Lane Baldwin’s Bass Lessons HQ

Online Bass Lessons – Home – Bass Lessons HQ -New to Bass Guitar? Let’s get some basics down, first. Start Here. Meet your host and principal instructor About Lane on Bass About this site New Lessons/Articles on BassLessonsHQ Beginner Lesson …

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Bonus:  For bass players such as myself who dabble in guitar from time to time be sure to check out:

Justin Sandercoe’s

Free guitar lessons : Complete Beginners Method and loads of Blues, Jazz and rock : Learn how to play Guitar free here!Completely free guitar lessons from Justin Sandercoe. A huge range of video, audio and text lessons on many topics including a complete beginners course, blues, jazz, rock, techniques and equipment. Payment by voluntary donation only 🙂 all free. no bull.

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