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Spotted! Uriah Duffy At ‘The Dip’ in Redding, CA with his band ‘Points North’!

SHOCKED is the least that can be said about how we felt when we were at The Dip (in downtown Redding, CA)  last night (Monday, Sept. 11th), waiting to watch an evening of modern instrumental musical fusion with The Mark Letteri Trio (Guitarist Mark being part of the GRAMMY winning band Snarky Puppy!!) when we looked up and saw Uriah Duffy! First of all, getting the opportunity to see The Mark Letteri Trio alone was reason enough to be out on the town and so, our night was already a hit, that is, until Uriah Duffy walked into the room with his bass on his back as he made his way to the stage!

Backstory: Years ago, Wade and I were at NAMM 2012 as NorCal Bassix with the intention of providing opportunities for some bad ass bass players to visit our FAR northern neck of the woods in California. Therefore, going to NAMM for us was like traveling to a new and heavily populated planet in order to achieve this!  But that’s where we both met with Uriah Duffy for the first time. At the time, he didn’t know anything about us but he stopped in his tracks, listened to what we had to say and was extremely polite. His Mama raised him well!

Click here to check out my footage of him performing in a booth that year

He never did make it to Redding for any NorCal Bassix events but obviously, he’s a busy guy!

So, back to Monday night in Redding: Imagine our surprise last night to see him exactly where we always hoped he would be; that is, right here in front of us and our friends (in Redding, CA) and about to play some bad ass bass!

I went straight to him and Wade was not far behind to take this picture:

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I reintroduced myself and he immediately made the pretense that he remembered us completely. When we asked  him why on earth he was here, he explained that he was part of the opening band, “Points North” with guitarist, Eric Barnett and drummer, Kevin Aiello. Drummer Kevin was a great guy too and when we had the opportunity to meet and greet with him before the show, he revealed to us that Points North was Uriah Duffy’s first “original” project and that he’s always excited to play bass in it to his fullest extent. Now, we all know that Uriah is THE bassist for hire for many, well known bands and musicians but we can definitely appreciate the desire that such a talent might have to do his own, original music. Therefore, we were looking forward to what they had to offer and the second they started we were NOT disappointed! They were fast, furious, tight, sensational and absolutely flawless! The guitarist, Eric Barnett, was a real force to be reckoned with on stage and could have clearly stolen the show but had no problem sharing the wealth up there with his talented band mates.  Later, he turned out to be just as nice to us as the rest of the band when we had a chance to speak with him one on one.

I literally couldn’t believe what I was hearing during their performance because their sublime talent and enthusiasm was almost too much for this Redding crowd!

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However, these days, The Dip is churning out a surprising line-up of musical talent that this town desperately needs in order to become a REAL destination for these world renowned musicians to perform. That is why we tried so hard with NorCal Bassix during those years to change that by bringing a new caliber of bassists around and now we are thankful that others in town feel the same way about creating a new palate of entertainment for the locals to digest.

So, thanks to The Dip for an awesome show on Monday, September 11, 2017!

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After the show, Uriah was sure to get the crowd psyched up for the main act, The Mark Lettieri Trio. However, after “Points North” blew us all away with their performance, it was hard to fathom that there was still a main band to take in!

So, our excitement to be standing with Uriah Duffy and taking in the next band that dominated the stage that night, The Mark Letterieri Trio with drummer, Jason “JT” Thomas and bassist “Wes Stephenson” was surreal! It was also evident from the beginning that Uriah was a huge fan of this band and has enormous respect for the bassist, Wes Stephenson, saying this in his Instagram post from Sept. 10th:

I’m having a hard time finding the words here- of how inspiring this guy is. Every element of his bass playing is full and rich, executed perfectly and dripping with feel. Big. Great lessons in how a bassist can make the songs their own while staying in the pocket. I’m in awe every night on these gigs our bands are sharing together- on this 5 show ‘Jazz Millions’ tour. I knew he was good, but damn. I’m proud to have a new bass brother. Ladies and gents- Wes Stephenson (Mark Lettieri/Funky Knuckles). #funkyknuckles#marklettieri #pointsnorth #bassist #5string#givehisbandalisten

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So, it appears that we have spent years traveling long distances for the opportunity to meet and greet some great musicians only to find out that you can also find what you want in places closer than expected! We couldn’t have asked for a better evening in Redding, CA (unless we put it on ourselves)! So, thanks to The Dip, The Mark Lettieri Trio, Points North and a special thanks to Uriah for always being kind and respectful of his supporters, fans and other musicians alike!

Points North:

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Why The Most Important Band Member Is A Bassist!

If you play bass then you are used to being treated like the most UNimportant member of the band!  We normally assume that this is because other members of the band are driven by their egos and not what the music is capable of accomplishing for the audience. However, it turns out that it is so much more than that.  In fact, a new study that was conducted at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario explains WHY bass is the most important instrument for the audience to listen to!  They say that the low-frequency information that only bassists provide are important to the listeners for these reasons:

The most vital rhythmic information comes from the bass.

The study indicates that listeners can more easily detect these low-pitched tones better than the higher-pitched ones.  This is why the timing is most often encoded into this sound because it is present in these lower tones.

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These-lower pitched tones is why rhythm is assigned to bass playing.

This complements any high-pitched tones produced by singers and guitarists. Without it, all you hear is wailing!

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Listeners groove to the bass more so than they do to the guitar riffs and vocals.

That’s because the auditory spectrum is multi-voiced and although the most important melodic information is carried by the highest voice (vocals and guitar), the most rhythmic information is supplied by the lowest voice (bass).

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With that said, it’s important that bassists in any band feel good about their contributions to the music because we all know that they are rarely given the accolades that they deserve.  In fact, the bassist is usually the most “replaceable” member and yet, those who get rid of a great bassist soon learn to miss the groove that they provided and often notice that their audience participation is sacrificed by constantly replacing this member of the band.

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Listen to the sound of this bass now (Music by: Wade Craver using this featured bass by KrashBurn):

KrashBurn Creates Another Masterpiece

We first came to know bass builder, Jim Kafalas a few years ago because he’s a local guy (Redding, our home town) who’s been gaining a lot of attention for his custom built guitars and basses.  So, of course, we had to find out more!  Since then we have managed to do a handful of video reviews of his basses over the last year and even went to the NAMM show in 2016 to help promote his new, custom basses to the world!  The whole experience went really well for him and we are glad to see him succeed in the world of bass building because his custom work is some of the finest that we have ever seen!

This latest creation is a one to behold!  We have taken some photographs and have given you all of the specs below.  It is a beautiful bass with all of the best features built right into it.  No need to customize because it is all done for you!  KrashBurn will custom design your dream instrument! His attention to detail is superb.  These instruments are the perfect balance of playability and design.

Flamed Maple top, Swamp Ash body laminated with grain accent.

Ebony fretboard with Abalam “V” inlay at 12th fret with Luminlay fret position markers. This amazing multi scale design provides an incredible low B with a scale length of 37″ to a G scale length of 34″.
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The colors are incredible!

With recessed knobs, EVO Gold fretwire banjo size and Kalium Strings.

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Nordstrand Pickups Big Singles.

With Darkglass Electronics Tone Capsule Preamp. What else is there to say? This thing is a tone machine!

 

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 Solo string Bridge saddles.

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Jim Dunlop Guitar Products locking strap buttons.

Screwless control cover plate which I think is a must have for anyone that spends time in the control cavity (i.e. battery replacement, parameter adjustments etc.)

The balance of the Atlas 5 was excellent in all playing positions.

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UltraLight Tuners provide a smooth and secure tuning platform for any bass.

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 Wenge deep bolt neck 4 ply laminated with Carbon fiber rods and threaded steel inserts.

Take a close look at the heel cavity and its tight fit. This kind of precision plays a crucial role in a bolt-on’s resonance, increasing tonality.

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Hidden input jack.

Not your typical 1/4″ input, KrashBurn has developed a very unique method of hiding the input jack.

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Custom Made In Redding, CA.

Quality craftsmanship!

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Find out more at: KrashBurnguitars.com!