Tag Archives: Elvis Costello

New Interview…

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Kindle version now available

  Rough Notes is now available, worldwide, on Kindle.      

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Rough Notes

‘A most entertaining hybrid of memoir and cultural history’: Rock-n-Reel Magazine. More info on the Rough Notes page …or at Amazon UK and Amazon US      

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A reply to Derek Philpott and Wilf Turnbull

I’ve just had a communication from that gentleman of letters Derek Philpott and his cohort, Mr Wilf Turnbull, who not long ago wrote to ‘Elvis Costello and the Attractions’ regarding anomalies they’d found in some of band’s recorded works.  Having failed to elicit a response from the song smith concerned, I have stepped in to try and help.  Our respective letters may be viewed here at Mr Turnbull’s site … though I fear many wormholes may yet be found in … Continue reading

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New Interview

I’ve just done a six-page interview for the June edition of Bass Player magazine that features a transcription of the bass part for “Chelsea” and a bit of background info on the track.

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Ye Olde Gigge Liste

I was rummaging through some boxes in the loft when I came across some old gig lists for the first six months of my time as an Attraction.  Back in the day, before the office provided us with printed schedules, I used to write it all out meticulously … as you can see. The rehearsal on July 3 was the first time the four of us got together and played as a unit at the same time in the same place.  … Continue reading

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Hall of Fame #2

Having seen the post about Duck Dunn below, my buddy Jeff Owens at Fender sent me a YouTube clip of Ryane Askew’s cover of 5ive Gears in Reverse — a bass part of mine wholly modeled on Duck Dunn’s playing. So I thought it might be appropriate to have a couple more clips of bass covers on the site.  (Although no-one seems to have picked up on the fact that the repeated melodic figure at the end of this track … Continue reading

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I Never Knew That!

The following is a new interview I did recently for Jon Liebman’s For Bass Players Only magazine. JL: Tell me about your musical upbringing. BT: There was a piano in the house and it came as a great surprise to me when I started hitting the notes that a tune didn’t come out at all, just a racket.  After all, I was only doing what I’d seen everyone else do when playing the piano.  But my mother had a good ear … Continue reading

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