BRIAN FOX, EDITORBY THE TIME THIS ISSUE GOES TO PRINT, I hope my ears will have stopped ringing (and my head spinning) from this year’s NAMM Show, which is upon us as I write. Much as I like to slag the scene—wannabe rockers and booth babes aren’t exactly my cup of tea—I’ve come to view the annual pilgrimage to the Anaheim Convention Center as a kind of family reunion for the huge, dysfunctional clan that is the musical instrument industry. It’s a group that’s certainly cast with archetypes: there’s Cousin Fred, who never fails to attract a crowd with his beautiful new bass creations (despite his chronic halitosis); Aunt Kathy, who’s just a little too excited to talk about her company’s new “musthave” accessory; Uncle Steve, whose off-the-wall stompboxes are as puzzling and intriguing as his fashion choices. I’ve come to know a number of these and other characters, and I’m looking forward to seeing them again, taking the temperature of the bass market as a whole, and checking out some fresh new gear. We’ll be covering the highlights in next month’s issue, but if you just can’t wait, head to bassplayer.com and facebook.com/bassplayermag, where we’ll have posted all the photos, blogs, and video from the show.
The NAMM Show is all about networking, a skill this month’s cover artist, Adam Blackstone, has in spades. If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming an A-list sideman or MD, read this story and take notes, because the dude’s got it going on. Speaking of notes, check out this month’s transcription. Oh, my! Our man Stevie Glasgow hit it out of the park with his analysis of Jerry Peek on the Steve Morse Band’s “Cruise Missile.” Good thing March is a long month—you’ll need all the time you can get with this one before we come at you with another tune next month. Enjoy the rest of the magazine, as well. We certainly enjoyed putting it together. Until next time, dig deep and be groovy.