“Thom Yorke called Colin Greenwood the secret weapon to Radiohead, and I think he was right”: John Garrison on the 5 bass albums that shaped his sound

 Bass player John Garrison peforms on NBC's "Today" at NBC's TODAY Show on September 16, 2013 in New York City.
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It’s been two decades since singer-songwriter James Blunt first conquered the UK airwaves with his multi-million selling debut album, Back to Bedlam, in which time he has gone on to have more success than ever, even finding time to pen hits for the likes of German producer Robin Schulz and The Vamps (yes, the songwriting credit on I Found A Girl is Blunt).

John Garrison has occupied the bass chair with Blunt since 2007, having stepped in following the departure of original bassist Malcolm Moore. In Garrison’s case it’s an awareness of what it takes to make a situation work, together with an impulse to keep things simple, that has proved essential. 

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Nick Wells

Nick Wells was the Editor of Bass Guitar magazine from 2009 to 2011, before making strides into the world of Artist Relations with Sheldon Dingwall and Dingwall Guitars. He's also the producer of bass-centric documentaries, Walking the Changes and Beneath the Bassline, as well as Production Manager and Artist Liaison for ScottsBassLessons. In his free time, you'll find him jumping around his bedroom to Kool & The Gang while hammering the life out of his P-Bass.