Charity auctions a success

Well I wanted to personally congratulate and thank all the bidders on the Low Notes charity basses and thanks to the winners. We are about to make a healthy donation to the local Musicians Union so that they can finish out their flood relief efforts. Thank you so so much.

This has been a journey and we are going to contuniue to help where needed but Low Notes for Nashville may not be in the forefront as much as before. I am still active behind the scenes and if we are needed to help we are here. We could not have done what we did without all of you. I want to thank all of the artists and especially Lane Baldwin, Mick Donner, Dave Pomeroy, and Craig Krampf. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Not goodbye…………..

What We Are Doing and Kudos to AFM257

Hey Gang,

I had a rare moment to catch my breath and wanted to fill you in on what all Low Notes has been doing to help in  flood relief efforts. To date we have been able to outfit over a dozen players with new rigs, instruments, and accessories. This is a combination of donated gear from manufacturers and individuals including some of us personally. We’ve also used proceeds from the Low Notes Benefit Concert to buy additional rigs or pay for instrument and equipment repairs. None of this could have happened without the support of all of you. I thank you and the people of Nashville thank you.

Possibly our most unsung hero in all of this is the Nashville Musicians Union AFM257. We’ve been so wrapped up that we really haven’t gone into the fact that none of the logistics of this thing could have happened without fellow bassist and President of the local AFM257 Dave Pomeroy and his right hand Craig Krampf. Literally all of the donated gear from manufacturers, and there has been plenty, has been shipped and distributed through th Union. Dave and Craig help us identify needs and coordinate alot of the placement of product. Think about that for a minute. They already have full time jobs and gigs/sessions to boot and they stepped up to the monumental level. This is a partnership that we cherish and are proud to be a part of. That being said ALL proceeds from the charity auctions will be donated to the Unions’ flood relief charity for further flood relief efforts.

Recovering from the flood takes a village. This is still going to take a very long time to fully recover but we are proud to do our part. There is still many ways to help. You can still give private donations and we also have t-shirts for sell. Even more take advantage of the awesome eBay auctions of three rare and one-of-a-kind instruments. Please help us help others and my enormous gratitude goes out to blood brothers Dave Pomeroy and Craig Krampf. We wouldn’t be here without you fellas.

GOD bless,
S

Low Notes Charity Auction underway

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Immediate Release – Nashville, TN – August 11, 2010

The Low Notes for Nashville Bass Auction for Flood Relief is underway with several unique basses up for auction.

For those who may not have heard, LOW NOTES FOR NASHVILLE is a community of bassists that banded together to help their brothers and sisters whose lives were devastated by Nashville’s recent flood. As many of you may – or may not – have heard, the flood has displaced many families and communities in and around Nashville, including many area musicians who lost their gear, their homes, and even many of the venues in which they earned their income.

For musicians, nothing is more traumatic than the loss of the tools of their trade; tools they have bonded with over many years of learning, loving, and performing together. There is a wealth of emotions shared between a musician and his or her instruments that can never be replaced or reproduced. We at www.lownotesfornashville.org understand this bond and feel for their loss, and we hope to lessen the sting by providing loaner gear, and assistance with gear replacement.

Three basses, 2 of which are prototypes, are up for auction on Ebay.

The Ebay Item Numbers are as follows;

120607766938 – *PROTOTYPE* MTD MICHAEL TOBIAS SIGNED CRB 5-STRING BASS

120607785879 – *PROTOTYPE* CAREY NORDSTRAND VP5 P-STYLE 5-STRING BASS

120607806665 – YAMAHA BB414 BASS SIGNED BY NATHAN EAST & ANITA BAKER

Victor continues to show support for LNFN

Victor shows Support

One of our greatest supporters has been Victor Wooten. Being a Nashvillian he saw the effects of the flood firsthand and even experienced damage himself. Victor has a huge heart as most everyone knows and at a recent performance at a local community event Victor showed his support for LNFN. This is in addition to him being a special guest performer at our benefit concert back in June and his continual support with shout outs at his own shows. Victor you are The Man!!!

LNFN mentioned in the Editor’s column of Bass Player

I want to send a thanks to our friends at Bass Player magazine. Especially, I want to thank Jonathan Herrera for the shout out in this month’s LOWDOWN. Jon, you rock as always sir.

Update on LNFN efforts

Hey Gang,

I want to apologize for not keeping up on the blog. Lane and I have both been busy touring and recording. We are still bass players too hahahahaha. The good news is while we have been busy with our careers the flood relief efforts have been nothing short of astounding. I am ecstatic to report that we have placed a dozen basses in the hands of people that have lost gear. We have also supplied amps, cases, strings, tuners, etc to players in need. In addition, donated proceeds have been going to restore instruments and generally help people to rebuild. NONE of this could have happened without your support. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

We have been scrambling but the charity auction items are finally ready to post. We have been getting the basses and gear photographed so that you can get a great feel for what we have. These are awesome pieces for sure. I am seriously excited to see what we can raise for these so that we can continue to help others.

Couple of quick updates:

A) We still have t-shirts so please email us and let us know you want one and you can show your support. Shirts are $20 and are available in black or orange. Show your support now.

B) post-production on the Low Notes Benefit Concert CD/DVD is underway. Keep checking back for details.

We have come a long way but still have a ways to go.  Thanks everyone.

GOD Bless,

S

Still a ways to go.

First of all, things have been amazing lately in what we have done to help people in need. We have given away nearly a dozen basses as well as speakers, cases, amps, strings, accessories, etc. It is all super stuff and we keep going. We have even given practice amps, a NS Design violin, and a bass to an area school that was devastated. We couldn’t have done it without all of the support we have received but we still need a good bit.

In addition to continuing to donate there are things you can do to help. We currently have our Low Notes t-shirts for sale and we are mixing down and editing what will be a DVD of the Low Notes for Nashville Benefit Concert. I am also stoked to announce that we are about to start our charity auctions.

Througn the generosity of Michael Tobias, Access Bags, Carey Nordstrand, Nathan East and Yamaha we have three wonderful auctions to announce.

The first is a Yamaha BB-414 with hardshell case signed by Nathan East and Anita Baker while Nathan was in the studio with Anita. GOD bless you both for sending some love from LA.

The second, is the serial number # 0 five string P style bass that Carey Nordstrand signed and donated. This bass was the belle of the ball at NAMM and is absolutely amazing.

Lastly, Michael Tobias also donated a one of a kind bass. This bass is a custom painted CRB 5 string finished in the same color as Michael’s motorcycle. That alone is cool but to top it off it is signed by Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Jonas Hellborg, Steve Lawson, Dave Pomeroy, Vail Johnson, Adam Nitti, Doug Johns, Bryan Beller, Michael Tobias, Roy Vogt, Mahlon Hawk, Lane on Bass, and yours truly. It is then packed in an amazing leather deluxe gig bag from Access bags. 

All three of these basses are wonderful donations and will be a treasure to a collector but most important the money raised will help people in need. Every day the reality of what is being covered by insurance comes in and the needs are still out there and great. We need your help. 

Stay tuned for details on the auctions.

Touching Base (or is that BASS?)

Roy Vogt signs a collector bass

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Roy Vogt signs one of the collectable basses that will be auctioned to raise money for flood relief.


Greetings from the Lane of All Things Low. I wanted to take a minute to just say hello and let y’all know I’m still alive and all.

I have been in major Decompression Mode since the NAMM show. As always, the lead-up to the show was pretty grueling, so I just needed to take a few days and recuperate. Now that’ I’ve slept a few times, I feel almost human again, which isn’t all that bad.

I want to thank everyone who attended the Low Notes For Nashville benefit concert. Everyone I spoke with was very positive, and very committed to the cause, and had a great time. From what I heard, the concert was a unanimous hit. Hats off to Sean for doing an excellent job as executive producer and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Lane Baldwin (AKA Lane on Bass) It’s also very important to acknowledge the folks who made sure things went well the day of the event. Mervin and his crew at Douglas Corner Cafe were outstanding! Now, we’re not just talking about the bartenders, here, although they were tops. Rick on sound was on top of his game, and extremely easy to work with. Mervin himself camped out in the audio control room, riding heard on our live multi-track recording all night long, and did a great job. David Crossman of The Learning Dock, LLC (parent company of Roy Vogt’s Teach Me Bass Guitar) and his three camera crew were amazingly invisible as they captured the event on video.

Then there’s Daryl Little, production manager and stage manager for the event. Daryl took care of all of the nagging details, like rewiring the NL-4 connectors to NL-2 so the basses didn’t sound like gnat farts. Long story; let’s save that for another day. For now, suffice to say that Daryl saved my sanity with that little trick, and probably also saved a stack of David Nordschow Amplification speaker cabinets, and a pile of Gallien-Kreuger amplifiers. Lane on Bass

Al Cocorochio, of highly regarded Black Rose Records, was kind enough to handle the merchandise table, all proceeds from which go to flood relief. (The artists didn’t even accept payment for CD manufacturing costs…they gave everything to the cause.) And Anna Henderson was kind enough to take photos all night long.

I’m sorry to say that I don’t yet have all the names of the stage hands who assisted, but I’m working on it and will definitely update this post to include them all, once I have ALL names. Likewise with the camera crew, as I want to acknowledge all of them at the same time.

As you can see, it took a rather large crew of volunteers to get the job done and make the even a success. And we appreciate each and every one of them for doing such an excellent job.

Sean and Lane Finally, a HUGE thank you to all of the wonderful musicians who donated their time and talent. Everyone was completely ego-less, and totally accommodating when we had to adjust the schedule to address a few last-minute changes. Every artist/band brought their own brand of awesomeness to the show, so you never got tired of any particular style of music. There really was something for everyone.

The concert certainly demonstrated the importance of community, of banding together as one to address difficult times. It showed that bassists, no matter the style, are all brothers and sisters, and that we understand the need to serve others. For all of that, I am incredibly grateful. And I’m honored to be a part of such a strong community, and such a wonderful organization.

In service of the groove,

Keep Thumpin’!

Lane on Bass

Post-production begins for DVD

So I know a number of folks were disappointed that they missed what very well could be the coolest bass concert of the past few years. All of the performers were incredible and surprise guests like Victor Wooten and Jonas Hellborg just set it over the top. Well, if you missed it you have something to look forward to. Thanks to the good folks at The Learning Dock, LLC and the audio production at Douglas Corner there will be a DVD of the night tentatively scheduled to be released this Fall. Post-production has already begun and continue to check in for details.

We are helping

I wanted to pipe in and first of all thank all of the manufacturers. individuals, and artists that have given to our cause. It is astounding to say the least and I wanted to let you know that we will be reporting soon on how we are now helping. Dave, Lane, and myself have been actively searching out players in need and I am happy to report that we have placed a number of basses and rigs back in the hands of players in need. It is all because of the people who have given that we are succeeding. There is still a long way to go but know that if you have given to our organization it is working. I humbly thank all of you.

GOD bless you and WE ARE NASHVILLE!

S