Zach Fowler, Not Just Laying Down the Low End – October 2023
I have been hearing about Zach Fowler’s bass playing since he was in New Mexico. Now, based out of Nashville, Zach is very busy laying down the low end, acting as musical director, writing songs and producing music. He has been very active doing studio work as well as touring with LoCash.
Join me as we hear about Zach’s journey, how he gets his sound, all the details about his new Lakland bass and his plans for the future.
Here is Zach Fowler!
Photos Credits – Cover, Allee Visuals / In Video – Matthew Allen, Max Muehlhausen
Typical, run-of-the-mill, slap happy bass solo taken during LOCASH’s performance at the Suwannee River Jam in Live Oak, Florida on May 4, 2018. Video was shot by David Lehr.
This was part of a series of acoustic performances filmed at the famous Blackbird Studios in Nashville.
LOCASH performs a song from “The Fighters” album called “Shipwrecked.” This was filmed not long after I joined LOCASH, and I’m using a Carvin PB5 plugged straight into the board via a Countryman DI.
LOCASH performs “One Big Country Song” at the Grand Ole Opry in May 2022.
We performed the song along with Opry House Band, and the performance was in conjunction with The Beach Boys’ first performance at the Opry (which explains why we’re wearing leis around our necks). I used one of my two PRS Grainger 5-strings plugged directly into the Opry’s house rig, which is made by Aguilar.
One of only two times that I’ve recorded myself playing bass.
I arranged John Legend’s “Ordinary People” for solo bass, and used my PRS Gary Grainger 5-string plugged into a Gallien-Krueger PLEX preamp. I added a little reverb in Logic to give it a little ambience. I recorded this right after the COVID shutdown happened. I’m not too big on recording myself playing bass, so this was somewhat of a rarity, but considering my job had shut down, it felt like a good outlet to keep my name on the radar. There’s a little gratuitous slapping in there, but mostly because I didn’t have an arrangement for the bridge section that I liked, so I just let loose.
During my time in Albuquerque, I was blessed to perform on two albums by a progressive rock trio by the name of Illustrated Man.
This song is off of their second album, “Zebra Hotel,” and is coincidentally called “Zebra.” I recorded this song using a Fender 5-string Precision Bass plugged into an Avalon U5 direct box.
I was with a band called The James Douglas Show for eleven years.
We put out four studio albums, and this track is off the final album we put out called “9.” The track, called “Can’t Stop,” was written by our guitar player, Jesse Martinez, and produced by Mike Cee. As is typical with a lot of R&B tracks, I overdubbed a bass track over an already-existing synth bass line. I used a Carvin JB5 run into an Avalon U5 direct box.
“Kissing a Girl” is a track off of LOCASH’s album, “Brothers.”
We recorded a live version of the song at a venue in Minnesota during soundcheck. The video was shot by David Lehr, and the sound was edited and mixed by our production manager at the time, Evan (“Turbo”) Owen. It was negative 12 degrees outside in February, which explains why most of the people in the band are wearing beanies on their heads. I used my main road bass on this track, my white PRS Gary Grainger 5-string, plugged into my Gallien-Krueger PLEX preamp, then into a Radial FireFly direct box. I used a little bit of compression from my Origin Effects Cali76 compressor pedal, as well as a little bit of added chorus effect from an EBS UniChorus pedal to give it a little bit of a fretless sound.
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