Jon and Matt dig deep(ish) with former Toadies bass player (not bassist!) And Suzi Quatro is just a bass goddess. She then replaced Dave Allen in Gang Of Four, a band that lived or died by their fearsome rhythm section, and added the necessary bottom to The B-52s. I thought that Micki Steele would crack the top 25. With its complex rock leanings, R&B touchstones and jazz underpinnings, it’s the kind of headphones album you can travel along with, and the brilliant bass playing is just one of the attractions. I know someone will always be left off these lists, but Jennifer Young of the Travis Larson Band is at another level than anyone on this list, chack her out. Dawson, totally agree. OMG. The band reformed and released an album, No Deliverance in 2008. Listen to The Lemonheads’ It’s A Shame About Ray album, and the way she makes the whole thing zoom along. The vocals, melodie, guitar and structure of this song are flawless. The band's best known lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis (guitar, vocals) Mark Reznicek (drums), Lisa Umbarger (bass), and Clark Vogeler (guitar). CAROL IS #1 Bass tablature for Possum Kingdom (ver 3) by Toadies. Here are our Top 25 best female bassists of all time. Near Mrs. Jon, Eric, and Matt recall "scandalous" moments in … Thisisaworldthatthe Dallas , TXbased Toadies , featuringTodd Lewis ( vocalsand guitar ) , Lisa Umbarger ( bass ) , MarkReznicek ( drums ) andC , larkVogler ( guitar ) findthemselves returningto . Listen to Sonic Youth’s 20-minute ‘The Diamond Sea’ to hear how threatening a bass can sound. This call to adventure has allowed her to explore the connection between various roles and learn from some incredible mentors along the way. (Cool as F***!!) Another gifted singer-songwriter who’s less recognised as a multi-instrumentalist, Armatrading played a bit of bass on her classic-era albums (along with her usual guitar and keyboards). Toadies are an alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. When the band reformed in 2006, Umbarger amicably declined to participate and has been replaced by Doni Blair. Our list of the best female bassists includes key players in punk, funk and lyrical rock, and headed by one of the most versatile musicians to ever pick up the instrument. Lisa Umbarger (left), founding member and former bass player of the band Toadies, will be the featured guest at this year’s Iigurubando Con! She showed her versatility by joining the former band at its most pop (Celebrity Skin) and the latter at its most metallic (Machina). She did funk, acoustic, the lushest of orchestrated pop (the entirety of Pet Sounds, for starters) and played indelible licks such as the intro to the Grass Roots’ ‘Midnight Confessions’ and even the salsa groove on Joe Cocker’s ‘Feelin’ Alright’. Returning this year is are artists Shonuff! But she reappeared, like a lovely hallucination, on The Dream Syndicate’s 2017 reunion album, How Did I Find Myself Here? She will hold a Q&A panel where she will talk about her life as a musician and entrepreneur. As for Deal’s musical abilities, consider that two of the best-loved Pixies tracks (‘Debaser’ and ‘Gigantic’) both opened with bass solos and that she did a fine job of being the entire band on her pseudonymous solo album, Pacer By The Amps. A year later she replaced Kathy Valentine in Go-Go’s. As more mid-60s garage singles got reissued, it later came to light that Quatro had been in the Detroit band The Pleasure Seekers, whose single ‘Never Thought You’d Leave Me’ is one of the few great female-fronted nuggets in the garage genre – and it opens with a bass solo. GAIL IS #8 ON THE LIST!!! Rated 5.0 out of 5 by 2 users. The usual US response to Suzi Quatro’s name is: “Who?” But she was a rock goddess in the UK during the glam rock era, when her singles ‘Can The Can’ and ‘Devil Gate Drive’ were the sexiest of struts. The other is what an impressive number of them also excel at other things: playing guitar, writing songs and being frontwomen. May 12, 2019. I would have Gail Ann Dorsey top of the list, poor oversite! Submitted by LoudLon on October 20, 2013. Williams and Weston have to share the title as they both played in the band’s classic era (roughly 1980-85); original member Williams is back in the line-up now. Great lyrics. The latter got a new lease of life courtesy of a young, goth-looking singer-bassist who gave them a stage presence they never had before. The common thread here is that she always looked for opportunities to help people and leave spaces better than when she found them. Fun Fact: Lisa did not know how to play the bass when she joined the band. She got her irrigators license, managed international marketing for a juice company, and invented some cool stuff using nanotechnology. It formed in 1989 … Bass – Lisa Umbarger Drums – Mark Reznicek Engineer [Additional Engineering Aid Provied By] – Sally Browder Also returning are Godswill Ugwa, Jr. of Funimation and Darren “TekForce” Columbus. She scans the horizon for the next challenge and follows that path to new solutions. Agree with the others shocked to not see Gail Ann Dorsey …and no Tracy Wormworth???? Soooo good. She’s also toured with Butthole Surfers and Cher (now there’s a sentence you don’t get to write every day) and can apparently play anything with anybody. Doors open at 9 a.m. and entry is $20 per person; donations are always appreciated. Fairfield Junior High Claims First in UIL… Again. The Ultimate Versatility Award goes to the Los Angeles wunderkind Abby Travis, who we chanced upon in 2011 at an obscure prog-rock reunion show, featuring the Anglo-German band Nektar and the freaky Euro/krautrock band Brainticket. The band's best known lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis (guitar, vocals) Mark Reznicek (drums), Lisa Umbarger (bass), and Clark Vogeler (guitar). Hi Avinash, photo credit has now been added ;-. Their most well known song is “Takao”. The Go-Go’s Kathy Valentine should be on this list though. amazed kate davis didnt make this list….she is amazing….as is brenda martin from eruca sativa….they leave at least half of this list in the dust…. The band's classic lineup consisted of Todd Lewis on vocals/guitar, Mark Reznicek on drums, Lisa Umbarger on bass, and Darrel Herbert on guitar. Keeping that in mind, our list of the best female bassists of all time includes some of the key players in punk, funk and lyrical rock, and it’s headed by one of the most versatile musicians ever to pick up an instrument. A couple of these entries seem to have barely picked up a bass. Reggae singer Capleton is 52. Outstanding list (damn straight Gail Greenwood), but Catherine Popper is an essential player who deserved mention. The “not knowing” drove her to find a way to courageously move through fear, while ignoring the critics. Think it’s easy holding together a gang of acoustic musicians in various stages of inebriation? Looking over this list of best female bassists, the first thing that comes to mind is that it includes some of the best musicians we can name – not just the best bassists or best females. I agree about Paz and (to some degree) Michael Steele. Todd Lewis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lisa Umbarger (bass, 1989-2001), Charles Mooney III (guitar, 1989-93), Guy Vaughan (drums, 1989), Terry Valderas (drums, 1989), Michael Jerome [aka Michael Moore] (drums, 1989-90), Matt Winchel (drums, 1990-91), Mark Reznicek (drums, 1991-2001, 2006-present), Tracey Sauerwein (guitar, 1991-92), Darrel Herbert (guitar, 1992-96), Clark Vogeler (lead … There’s a reason why Talking Heads were the only CBGB-era band who could make a signature tune out of an Al Green number. When the band reformed in 2006, Umbarger amicably declined to participate and has been replaced by Doni Blair. Find out more about the best female guitarists of all time. He provided a unique voice, clever lyrics and a few of the nicely layered guitars of their harder-driving songs. Kaye is one of the most-recorded bassists in history, but the real story is in the scope of her recordings. She was one hot chick in the 1970s. Toadies are an alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. Doris Yeh of Taiwanese band Cthonic. Lyrical rock, wtf is that? Umbarger is an unincorporated community in Randall County, Texas, United States. Bass – Lisa Umbarger Drums – Mark Reznicek Engineer [Additional Engineering Aid Provied By] – Sally Browder I would put Gail Ann Dorsey on any list of bass players. You can’t be in Girlschool and not be hailed as one of the best female bassists that ever lived. Girlschool are probably best-known in the US for collaborating with Motörhead – and you’d better believe that any band endorsed by Lemmy has a good bassist. Then there’s Michael Steele (Bangles), really a rock solid and very melodic player (and singer). The band’s classic lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Lisa Umbarger (bass guitar), Darrel Herbert (lead guitar), and Mark Reznicek (drums). Anyone who can sing the way she did and play bass at the same time has to be good. Despite being a good 30 years younger than the rest of the group, Travis was fully on the band’s acid-drenched wavelength. Any band whose anthem includes the line “You can’t be funky if you haven’t got a soul” better have a great bassist. If you’ve seen Jeff Beck’s current tour, you’ve got the evidence that this Canadian bassist improves any band she’s in. It falls on her to make their trickiest moments sound immediate, and vice versa. They are best known for the hit single "Possum Kingdom," from their album Rubberneck. Why? 9/10 8. Frontwomen who play bass seem to have a love/hate relationship with the instrument; like Juliana Hatfield and Aimee Mann, Johnette Napolitano has switched to guitar on a few albums and tours, but her status as one of the world’s best female bassists is assured. Lisa Umbarger (bass) Mark Reznicek (drums) Clark Vogeler (guitar) Former Members: Darrel Herbert (guitar) (1992-1996) Tracey Sauerwein (guitar) (1991-1992) Charles Mooney III (guitar) (1989-1992) Matt Winchel - drums (1990-1991) Michael Jerome (drums) (1989-1990) Terry Valderas (drums) (1989) Guy Vaughan (drums) (1989) It would be enough if this Australian prodigy was simply a monster fusion bassist. Her two solo albums put both approaches together, with some prog and punk thrown in. JEAN MILLINGTON from FANNY! Girlschool broke important ground as the first all-female heavy metal band, though they were more recognised in the UK than anywhere else. Toadies are an American alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas, best known for the song "Possum Kingdom. In particular, the version of ‘Genius Of Love’ in the movie Stop Making Sense is some of the most joyful funk ever played by a rock band. Watching her rock out with her jazz bass well into middle age is just very inspiring to me. The Toadies started playing live shows only three months later. The Toadies formed in 1989 in Keller, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10218115196291378&id=1231981177. Actor Ricky Schroder is 49. or was this list revised later on? Rock singer Aaron … It makes perfect sense that one of the most progressive musicians currently working would come out of the jazz world, where she’d already established herself as a world-class singer and one of the best female bassists in the genre. 15 October 1962; drums), the Toadies made their recorded debut by selling copies of a tape of the songs ‘Dig A Whole’ and ‘I Hope You Die’ during local touring in 1990. Yes they play more “pop” music but if you’re going to include a pop song like Joey, you need to check Bridgette’s work and rethink this list. And the late Laura Kennedy was one: a key player in the New York “no wave” movement. Attention 90’s Grunge Kids… Lisa Umbarger (left), founding member and former bass player of the band Toadies, will be the featured guest at this year’s Iigurubando Con! Worth checking out. Punk bass was all about speed and accuracy, and the likes of Dee Dee Ramone and Glen Matlock had nothing on Gaye Advert. Agree, the list was really complete, but Gail Ann came to mind as well. In addition, I have played bass in concert with Joe Bonamassa, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Trisha Yearwood, Wynona Judd, Jim Lauderdale, and many others. I guess that they would have included you on the list if it were to be a TOP 30 COUNTDOWN. Toadies discography and songs: Music profile for Toadies, formed 1989. Check out her cool, easy grooving with The Entrance Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGqzZlJs66A. Paz is amazing! Tedeschi Trucks Band November 6, 2019 The Hobby Center In music journalism, terms like “spiritual” and “soulful” get thrown around quite a bit. In both cases, her playing is supple and melodic, and the producers wisely pushed it up front. Just curious why Janice Marie Johnson from “A Taste of Honey” is not on this list. The early-90s line-up of Concrete Blonde (the one with her on bass, ex-Roxy Music member Paul Thompson on drums and Jim Mankey on guitar) was one hell of a power trio, pulling off ominous goth-tinged grooves and celebratory rockers. Silversun Pickups would not be the same without her bass lines. She will hold a Q&A panel where she will talk about her life as a musician and entrepreneur. Let’s not forget Emma Anzai of Sick Puppies! With Beck she gets to be flashy and funky at once. Especially given that more than one bassist on this list were simple 3-chord players, whereas Lenchantin is a virtuoso. Where is Gail Ann Dorsey, Janice Marie Johnson, Ida Nielsen, Mohini Dey, and Alissia Benveniste??? In terms of taste, musicality, minimalism and originality she is way ahead of the field – a real trailblazer. She’s largely been in the funk world since then, touring with Chaka Khan and Beyoncé. The header picture of Erika Osterhout that you cropped was taken by me at Til Two and I would appreciate being credited for it. Your sister already mentioned this. Toadies Origins: Toadies formed at the dawn of the ‘90s in Fort Worth, Texas. You would have been credited for this whether you commented or not. The band's best known lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis (guitar, vocals) Mark Reznicek (drums), Lisa Umbarger (bass), and Clark Vogeler (guitar). You might call Gail Greenwood the anti-John Entwistle. You missed an amazing female bass player / songwriter / singer and bandleader in Divinity Roxx. Her 2018 album, Not Too Far Away, is filled with the kind of lyrical basslines that she used to hire top-flight session guys to play. Bands, promoters, and musicians connect online at Sonicbids. Toadies are an alternative rock band from Fort Worth, Texas. As one the best female bassists, she’s got a dirty tone and a lowdown sensibility; she’s even played with The Cramps. I’d throw in Nikki Monninger, as well. Some of you say GAIL ANN DORSEY is on the list but most say she is off the list. When the Toadies ended, Lisa went out into the world to discover what she wanted to do when she grew up, now that literally being a rock star was checked off the list. Sisters of Mercy, The Gun Club, The Damned? Studio, Wilde Designs, Songbird Pixel Art, Cooper Creative Art, Dusk Comics, and The Art of Eliamaria M. Crawford. Also on the album were Lisa Umbarger (bass), Mark Reznicek (drums), and Darrel Herbert (guitar). Being in the music industry helped Lisa realize that there is a huge slant, like a large kid on a see-saw, when it comes to equality and inclusion in the workplace. Carol Colman, the incredible bassist for Kid Creole & The Coconuts, deserves a spot on the list. The band's best known lineup consisted of Vaden Todd Lewis (guitar, vocals) Mark Reznicek (drums), Lisa Umbarger (bass), and Clark Vogeler (guitar). She is fantastic and she led the way for women rockers. The New Orleans-based Sean Yseult is an artist who’s worked in various media; she’s authored a book, exhibited her photography and has a parallel fashion career. When the band reformed in 2006, Umbarger amicably declined to participate and has been replaced by Doni Blair. When the band reformed in 2006, Umbarger amicably declined to participate and has been replaced by Doni Blair. Better then a lot of female bass players on this list!! That’s a kind of wack thing for a bigger site to pull, right? Michael Steele understood rhythm and melody, but she was really coming into her own as a song writer. But with Both, her occasional collaboration with Ted Leo, we’re reminded how dazzling Mann is as a bassist, turning out fast punk basslines with a songwriter’s sense of melody. 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