rwsansom
CONTACT

SEEKING

Band to Join, Violin, Keyboard, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Trombone, Upright bass, Cello.

ABOUT

I am a bassist, banjoist, and guitarist with experience playing rock, jazz, soul, jam band, Americana, alt-country, GB top 40, triple-A, folk, and bluegrass.

Electric bass has been my principle instrument since 1990, but since 2017 I've been focusing my attention on the banjo.

I studied Music Production & Engineering at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and Sound Recording Technology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. I've played with AJ Edwards & The List, Grassroot, The Dan Rodman Band, The Organic Sound Project, Evan Gavny (of Three Day Threshold), Evey's Late Night Dinner, Hot Mess, West Entrance, Jell, Johnny & The Undergarments, and numerous other original and cover-band projects. I also initiated and hosted a successful weekly open mic event in Harvard Square for a number of years.

What pays the bills: I am a Director of User Experience and Design for a financial technology company.

Screen name:
rwsansom
Member since:
Mar 11 2013
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Just for Fun
Years playing music:
30
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

As a bass player, I prefer soulful, groove-based music, and am heavily influenced by Charlie Parker, James Jamerson, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius, Jamiroquoi, Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes, Little Feat, and Wilco.

As a banjoist, I play Scruggs-style and am into progressive bluegrass. Influenced greatly by Steve Martin, Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, Alison Brown, Don Reno, Tony Trischka, Bill Evans, Jens Kruger, Tony Ellis, Sam Bush, and David Grisman.

Instrument experience:

Bass Guitar:
Expert
Banjo:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

INSTRUMENTS:
- '93 Fender American Jazz 4-string bass
- ‘99 Music Man Stingray 5-string bass
- '89 de-fretted and rewired Ibanez EX 4-string bass
- MicroKorg synth keyboard
- Gold Tone resonator banjo
- Deering Goodtime open back banjo
- '91 Fender Stratocaster
- '93 Yamaha Acoustic guitar
- Yamaha piano
- Pedro Soto Charango
- Bb Native American flute
- Clarinet
- Assorted percussion.

RIG:
- Ampeg SVT-CL 300w
- Aguilar Tonehammer 500w
- Avatar 4x10 cab

EFFECTS: Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner; Dark glass vintage micro tubes overdrive; Electro Harmonix MicroPog Polyphonic Octave; MXR Envelope filter; Boss CH-3 Bass Chorus; SourceAudio Soundblox2 Manta Envelope filter; Digitech Synth Wah Envelope Filter; MXR Bass Compression; TC Electronics Ditto Looper mini; Beatbuddy.

MUSIC