“Playing with Victor Wooten? It’s always as much fun as a challenge. But I quickly learned that you should go first when it comes to soloing!” From the Allman Brothers Band to Dave Grohl, Oteil Burbridge has played with them all

Oteil Burbridge
(Image credit: Jay Blakesberg)

Few can hold down the low end with the versatile mastery of Oteil Burbridge. With origins in the musically rich city of Washington, D.C., and having played alongside Victor Wooten, Derek Trucks, Bob Weir, and more, Burbridge is a premier player. And he’s not only a master of four-string bass – he swiftly alternates between five and six strings.

You'd think there would be heaped doses of technical wizardry afoot. But no: like the greatest who influenced him, Burbridge pulls primarily from his soul. 

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.