Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Drums, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Flute, Other, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Electronic Music.


Expert bassist with over 30 years of playing, gigging and recording experience who is also gigging on lead guitar (my original instrument) as well these days. Have played with members of Bobby McFerrin bands, Taj Mahal Band, Isley Brothers, Chuck Berry, J Geils Band,numerous others.. Now looking to play with good vocalists and versatile musicians for gigging, including venues, private parties and casuals in SF, North Bay and East Bay.

For more samples of my bass playing, see s:///arthurbarton/music/songs (headphones or subwoofer recommended).

Can play pretty much any genre you throw at me, though prefer professionally-written tunes, cover or original.

Health conscious but not overly fussy or reactionary.

Screen name:
Member since:
Jul 24 2013
Active within 1 month
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week


Hendrix, Coltrane, Memphis Soul and Aretha, Pat Metheny,, Bob Marley, Chess blues masters, Steven Stills, Marvin Gaye and James Jamerson, James Brown and Funkadelic, Sinatra, Rolling Stones, Byrds, Clapton. But also into more modern roots and jazz sounds like the Black Keys and Snarky Puppy.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Bass Guitar:
Background Singer:


Fender Statocaster, pro/custom acoustic fretless bass and pro 4 and 5 string electric basses, 12 string acoustic guitar(acoustic bass and 12 string are amplified). Pro-level sound, from vintage Musicman guitar amp, small punchy combo bass amp and 600 watt touring rig with speaker combinations, modern Fender modeling guitar amp.

Solid transportation.