Love Story

Artist:Taylor Swift Bassist:Tim Marks Free Download About the song: Tim Marks is a master of the bass who always knows what to play and what to leave out. The entire song is a study in the discipline of thinking of the song, album, artist and producer. The closest thing to a fill is the two … Continue reading Love Story

What Was I Thinking

Artist:Dierks Bentley Bassist:Jimmy Carter Free Download About the song: Jimmy Carter for president! Seriously though, groove and tone and fills and… everything is simply superb on this track by Dierks Bentley. Jimmy Carter and Steve Brewster are the rhythm section on a few of Dierks Bentleys records and I can see why; the energy of … Continue reading What Was I Thinking

Would You Go With Me

Artist:Josh Turner Bassist:Kevin "Swine" Grantt Free Download About the song: Daaaaamn. Kevin "Swine" Grantt has some serious chops. Those deadnotes in the chorus just drive that two feel really hard against Shannon Forrests superb brush work. But even the straight ahead variation in the verses are cool. Definitely worth the hard work to get this … Continue reading Would You Go With Me

Tonight The Heartache’s On Me

Artist:The Chicks Bassist:Michael Rhodes Free Download About the song: Michael Rhodes and Greg Morrow make up the rhythm section on this Country swing song. I didn't realize until recently that it was released first by Joy Lynn White (a slower two feel, as opposed to the continuous walking line in the Dixie Chicks version). Solid … Continue reading Tonight The Heartache’s On Me

Life Is A Highway

Artist:Rascal Flatts Bassist:Jay DeMarcus Free Download About the song: Life Is A Highway was originally written by Tom Cochrane in the 80's but not released until 1991 on his Mad Mad World album. The Rascal Flatts cover was released on the Cars soundtrack and a few months later on their Me and My Gang album … Continue reading Life Is A Highway

Days Go By

Artist:Keith Urban Bassist:Jimmie Lee Sloas Free Download About the song: Jimmie Lee Sloas absolutely slays on Days Go By. Played on a detuned bass (DGCF), there are lines that are only fully possible due to the open D and G strings, particularly the fills on the bridge (bar 68). There is also a lot of … Continue reading Days Go By

Goodbye Town

Artist:Lady A Bassist:Michael Rhodes Free Download About the song: Goodbye Town was released in 2013, as the second single from Lady A's (then Lady Antebellum), album Golden. Co-writer Josh Kear brought the idea for the song to Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, and Dave Haywood during a writing session, drawing experience from a girlfriend with whom … Continue reading Goodbye Town

You Belong With Me

Artist:Taylor Swift Bassist:Tim Marks Free Download About the song: This was a request from my 6 year old daughter. It was on my list and she loves singing along with it, so she insisted that this one was next. You Belong With Me starts off with a banjo ostinato and then the bass enters with … Continue reading You Belong With Me

She’s Country

Artist:Jason Aldean Bassist:Tully Kennedy Free Download About the song: According to Country Weekly magazine, songwriter Bridgette Tatum got together with fellow songwriter Danny Myrick after thinking of a groove "that she didn't want to forget." Tully Kennedy uses the same white P/J Sadowsky bass on all tracks in the studio. The tone on this track … Continue reading She’s Country

Single White Female

Artist:Chely Wright Bassist:Glenn Worf Free Download About the song: This song wasn't on my radar until just recently and was actually a suggestion from fellow TalkBass member Seanmo. Of course when I heard it, I loved it because Glenn Worf has such a gnarly tone that sits so well in the track. There are some … Continue reading Single White Female