The Real World: John C. Hefty

Occupation Bassist. Fifty years in, fifty to go.
By BP Staff ,

Occupation Bassist. Fifty years in, fifty to go.
Gigs Blue Rooster—rock & roll, blues, Americana covers, and originals
Basses ’71 Fender Precision with ’58 neck, 2013 American Standard Jazz Bass 5-string, 1989 Peavey DynaBass
Rig Gallien-Krueger 700RB head, 1989 Peavey MegaBass head, Hartley 410XL cabinet, Bugera BXD15A combo
Effects Boss GEB-7, 1994 Danelectro Daddy-O, Boss OC-2 Octave, Boss CEB-3 Chorus, Boss BF-3 Flanger, MXR M-80 DI
Heroes & influences Duck Dunn, James Jamerson, Bob Babbitt, Chuck Rainey

How did you come to play bass?
I was a bumbling guitarist. In 1967, a P-Bass was shoved into my arms by a guitar player friend, who said, “You were meant for this.” A prophet, indeed!

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
Always play honestly, and learn the feel in as many genres as you can, even if you’re not so fond of the music. It’s good to work. The objective is to be the go-to player, whatever the gig. Oh, and be nice!

What are your musical goals?
Keep striving to be as cool as Duck Dunn (impossible)!