On Wednesday evening, Widespread Panic bassist Dave Schools shared a playlist he had curated of basslines that made an impact on him as a young player. As Schools explains in his post,I made a Spotify playlist featuring 21 songs with basslines that influenced and perplexed me as a young and evolving listener and player. It is not meant to be a Top-21 list of greatest bassists but rather a playlist of tunes that are important to me because the bass playing moved my brain, heart, soul, and/or butt… Featuring: Larry Graham, Jack Cassady, Berry Oakley, Chris Squire, John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, James Jamerson, Scott Thunes, Jaco Pastorius, Wilton Felder, Oteil Burbridge, Charles Mingus, Phil Lesh, George Porter Jr., Bootsy Collins, Allen Woody, Geezer Butler, Jack Bruce, Roger Waters, and of course Sir Paul McCartney. …Yes I left some bassists off because I wanted to keep it as short as possible. Perhaps there will be a Volume 2 playlist with more contemporary bassists and deep cats.Unsurprisingly, given the list of god-like bass players on Schools’ mix, this “Bass Godz” playlist is an extremely fun listen and a perfect, funky, rocking complement to your morning. Throw it on and groove out below via Spotify:Dave Schools “Bass Godz” PlaylistAnd, of course, considering the curator of this playlist, we’d be remiss not to shed like on one last bass master: Dave Schools himself. Let Schools take you to school with this funky bass solo from Widespread Panic’s 10/23/10 performance at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV below:Dave Schools Bass Solo – 10/23/10[Video: chefbigjon]After a month off following their recent St. Augustine run, Widespread Panic will return to the stage on October 19th–21st for a three-night run in Milwaukee, Wisconsin followed by a three-night return to the Hard Rock in Las Vegas the next weekend, October 26th–28th, to celebrate Halloween. For more information, head to the band’s website.
Norfolk Southern revealed on January 23 that it will spend $792m on capital projects in 1997, an $84m increase on 1996. A week later Union Pacific announced that its 1997 capital spending would total $2·2bn, including more than $500m to implement the merger with SP.NS has allocated over $100m towards the automotive network it is developing for Ford. Of the remainder, $240m will go on track and bridge replacement, $144m toward loco refurbishment and purchase of six-axle, high-adhesion units; and $95m on rebuilding or purchase of wagons. The rest will go on upgrading bridges, dispatching and data transmission systems.The UP programme includes: