Bonnie Whitmore: ”I’m one of those bassists who never changes their strings, and when I do, I rub bacon fat on them to deaden them!”

Bonnie Whitmore
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”I started out in a family band when I was about eight years old, so I didn’t know who  any bass players were,” says Bonnie Whitmore, whose new album Last Will And Testament is available now. 

“My dad wanted a bass player, so that was  the instrument that I got. As I grew older,  I became aware of Paul McCartney and Carol Kaye, of course, but then also Kim Deal of the Pixies.” 

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