You can bend your ears to his undulating goodness on his studio debut with the Dead Kenny Gâ€™s, the perversely tasty, make-ya-dance-like-Mummenschanz-on-crank Operation Long Leash (released March 15 on The Royal Potato Family), and you can catch him with the DKGâ€™s on Jam Cruise in January followed by gigs in Florida and the Carolinas (peep tour dates here).
Weâ€™re chuffed that Houser took a few minutes to to answer our bass guitar queries.
- Favorite effects pedal? Why?
- Moogerfoogers – all, especially low pass filter and freqbox.
- Tastiest bassist — i.e. not just soloing but also overall playing — currently working four-strings?
- Pino Palladino or Me’Shell NdegeOcello
- A bass solo I never get tired of listening to is:
- Havona by Jaco Pastorius
- Preferred brand of axe?
- Lakland. It’s all about the hollow body.
- John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney or James Jamerson â€“ which one gives you the biggest bass boner? What makes them SO sweet?
- Gotta give it to Jamerson the father, but those two sons did pretty well.
- Some lesser-known bassist folks should check out is:
- Colin Greenwood from Radiohead. Jesse Murphy’s work with Brazilian Girls. The late, great, Gene Kurtz , who co-wrote “Treat Her Right”, a hit in 1965. I played on a gig with him once about five years ago. He was like Buddah playing country bass. Amazing feel and presence.
- What aspect of being a bassist always makes you happy?
- When I’m in the zone.