BEST BASS PLAYER
NICK SEWELL The backbone of the boogie metal outfit that is the Illuminati (not to take anything away from the backbone that is wicked drummer Jim Gering), Nick Sewell totally rocks the bass lines with the groovy, relaxed, casual attitude that all would-be rawk gawds strive for. For some reason, he always manages to look like he’s in a cool video and keep it together while genius guitar mathematician Les Godfrey gets all in a fuckin’ amazing complicated freakout and you’re all like,“Holy crap, this rocks my pants off” and your hips are moving all by themselves and that’s because of the fuckin’ bass line. Smokin’.
CARLOS DEL JUNCO When it comes to harmonica virtuoso Carlos del Junco, Havana’s loss is definitely our gain. Wielding a 10-hole diatonic mouth harp, del Junco bends notes in remarkable ways, creating wondrous tones that often sound nothing like a harmonica. The fact that he’s a master of the technically difficult “overblow” technique may sound like gibberish to the non-aficionado, but that doesn’t mean squat when the results sound as amazing as they do. Like Bela Fleck, who might be thought of as his banjo-picking counterpart, del Junco floats seamlessly from genre to genre, and it says an awful lot that he’s doing for the mouth organ what Fleck’s done for the banjo.