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11 of San Diego's Top Bassists

We're shining a spotlight on some of the best bass players in town



    Alex Matthews
    Pete Reichert, better known as Petey X, has been rocking ear holes for years with Rocket From the Crypt.

    Few things tantalize a human body like loud, thick, deep bass notes at a live show. Let's be honest -- take a listen to most of your beloved record collection and imagine how thin, incomplete and basically boring as all-hell they would sound without the talents of legendary bassists. While we're not arguing the merits of who's an all-time bass god and who's not, we are throwing out the names of 11 local maestros of the low end (in alphabetical order). 

    • Jesse Bowen: Bowen provides the alt-country thump for Blackout Party and has recently been lending his talents to the complex indie-pop/rockers Oh, Spirit.
    • Aaron Cheatham: As Vokab Kompany's bassist, Cheatham lends his energetic presence to a group that's consistently got the SDMA hip-hop nominations on speed dial.
    • Mike Eginson: As the bass player in the instrumental psychedelic-rock group Earthless, Eginson lays down some of the heaviest bass riffs around, which you can hear on their just-released album, From the Ages.
    • Jason Littlefield: Littlefield not only adds a solid groove to the soul-rock jam band the Heavy Guilt, he also gets jazzy around town in the Archtones and other outfits.
    • Pete Pisaturo: Counting Iron Maiden's Steve Harris and Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler as his biggest influences, Pisaturo's tasteful playing in Lord Howler is always top-notch. For reference, check out their 2012 album, ...Hath Four Heads!
    • Lorelei Plotczyk: Known for her work in the beloved indie-rock band Film School, Plotczyk now heads up the dynamic chill wave of the new San Diego buzz band Bulletins
    • Pete Reichert: Perhaps better known as Petey X, Reichert's been rocking ear holes for years with Rocket From the Crypt.
    • Chris Stillwell: One of the premiere soul-jazz bassists, Stillwell plays with the Greyboy Allstars and Karl Denson's Tiny Universe.
    • Rob Thorsen: One of the all-time great San Diego jazz bassists, he leads the Rob Thorsen Trio and sits in with Gilbert Castellanos' weekly jazz jam sessions at Seven Grand.
    • Thomas Yearsley: Yearsley is world famous for going absolutely insane on his upright bass with the seminal rockabilly band the Paladins.
    • Victor Navarro: It's hard to deny the reggae-rock groove Navarro brings to Tribal Seeds, the 2013 SD Music Awards winners for Best World Music.
    As always, we can't list everybody -- so who did we miss? Did we get anyone right? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.   

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