“Both Joe and Guthrie play a mean, funky rhythm guitar on a song like Stevie Wonder’s Superstition. That counts for more than you think”: Bass supremo Bryan Beller reveals what it’s like to play with Joe Satriani and Guthrie Govan

Bryan Beller
(Image credit: Joel Barrios)

You could call Bryan Beller a workaholic, and he’d not only agree; he’d welcome the description. His work ethic and dedication to craft steadily elevated him to the upper echelon of bassists, and he’s remained there for years.

As Joe Satriani’s longtime bassist, he began 2024 on the three-week G3 tour with Satch, Steve Vai and Eric Johnson. That was followed by a five-show February run with bandmates Guthrie Govan and Marco Minnemann for Duck, The Aristocrats’ new album (their first in five years).

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Alison Richter is a seasoned journalist who interviews musicians, producers, engineers, and other industry professionals, and covers mental health issues for GuitarWorld.com. Writing credits include a wide range of publications, including GuitarWorld.com, MusicRadar.com, Bass Player, TNAG Connoisseur, Reverb, Music Industry News, Acoustic, Drummer, Guitar.com, Gearphoria, She Shreds, Guitar Girl, and Collectible Guitar.