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Belly Up Getting Kicked in the Bass

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    Bass virtuoso Victor Wooten is taking his solo show on the road.

    Wooten may be best known for his two-decade collaboration with banjo master Béla Fleck, but he's been actively playing music for more than 30 years. In fact, his musical education started pretty much the day he was born. The youngest of five musical brothers, Wooten was mentored on bass beginning at at age 3, and by 5 was touring with the Wooten Brothers Band. (His brother, percussion genius Roy "Future Man" Wooten, also plays with the Flecktones.)

    Basically, Wooten is the kind of guy who never stops working: he just released a new solo album, A Show of Hands 15, the first release on his own label; he just wrapped up several teaching gigs, including one at Stanford; he has released seven solo records, 13 albums with the Flecktones, and numerous collaborations with legends like Branford Marsalis, Prince and Chick Corea. Wooten has also earned five Grammy Awards, two Nashville Music Awards and is the only person to win Bass Player magazine’s Bass Player of the Year award three times.

    Victor Wooten will play the Belly Up on April 18. If you'd like to try before you buy, check out this free MP3 of his song "Me and My Bass Guitar." Otherwise, get your tickets here.

    T. Loper is a writer and photographer for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.