Photo by Steve Parke
Formed in 1992, Bass Extremes — Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey — will embark on a 16-date tour beginning May 4 at City Winery in Nashville, TN. For the tour, Gregg Bissonette will join them the duo for a third stint as drummer.
Known and respected as a dynamic teaching duo, Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey continue to teach together at events, colleges, and universities around the world. Instrumental in introducing the original “Bass Camp” idea when they ran their first Bass/Nature Camp in Tennessee in 2000, and Bass at the Beach in South Carolina a few years later, their intensive camps attract students from all over the world. Their self-titled debut remains one of the top-selling musical/instrumental bass products of all time.
Victor Wooten is a five-time Grammy Award winner and a founding member of the supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He has been called the most influential bassist of the last two decades and was listed as one of the Top Ten Bassists of All-Time by Rolling Stone magazine, and was also the winner of Bass Player Magazine’s reader poll three times and remains the only person to have won it more than once. With multiple solo releases, he is also the author of the widely read novel “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music.”
Steve Bailey is a pioneer of the six string fretless bass whose techniques are studied around the world. An avid recording artist with two solo recordings under his belt, he currently holds the position of Chair of the Bass Department at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has played and recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, The Rippingtons, Jethro Tull, Paquito D’rivera, Larry Carlton, and Willie Nelson.
Gregg Bissonette is a Sabian artist and a member of Ringo Starr’s All Star Band. He has recorded extensively for TV, films and album projects in LA as well as giving drum clinics all over the world. He returns for this third stint as the drummer for Bass Extremes.
Bass Extremes Tour Dates:
May 4 — City Winery — Nashville, TN
May 5 — Harvester Performance Center — Rocky Mount, VA
May 6 — Good Vibes Concert Hall — Newport News, VA
May 7 — Charleston Music Hall — Charleston, SC
May 8 — Salvage Station — Asheville, NC
May 9 — City Winery — Atlanta, GA
May 11 — Hamilton Memorial Hall — Cincinnati, OH
May 12 — Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall — Pittsburgh, PA
May 13 — The Cabot — Beverly, MA
May 14 — Ardmore Music Hall — Ardmore,PA
May 16 — Rams Head On Stage — Annapolis, MD
May 17 — Infinity Music Hall — New Hartford, CT
May 18 — Birchmere — Alexandria, VA
May 19 — Haw River Ballroom — Saxapahaw, NC
May 20 — District Live — Savannah, GA
May 27 — Summer Camp Music Festival — Chillicothe, IL