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Hartke and Michael Kelly Guitars Confirmed For The UK Bass Guitar Show 2020

13 January, 2020
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Hal Leonard Europe, distributors for Samson Technologies, creators of iconic bass brand Hartke, are to join us for the debut of The UK Bass Guitar Show, which takes place March 28 & 29th at Manchester Central. Accompanying Hartke from the Hal Leonard product portfolio is US bass guitar brand Michael Kelly Guitars.

On display will be the recently announced Hartke LX Series bass amplifier (featured above), along with the LX8500, heavily promoted by Hartke endorsee Victor Wooten.

From Michael Kelly basses, announced this week at the NAMM Show, are 3 new additions to the Dragonfly acoustic bass range and a beautiful Vintage Zebra to the Element 4 range.

New Micheal Kelly Acoustic Basses

Both brands will be on booth 33 at The UK Bass Guitar Show 2020 – March 28th & 29th Manchester Central.

New Vintage Zebra addition to the Michael Kelly bass Element 4 Range

 

 

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Legend Leland Sklar Joins UK Bass Guitar Show

6 December, 2019
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Bass Legend Leland Sklar has been confirmed, joining the growing line-up of artists set to appear at the debut, of what is being described by organisers Gold Media, “as the biggest bass show in Europe”. Leland joins other bass greats Richard Bona, Chic’s very own rhythm section Jerry Barnes (bass) and (drummer) Ralph Rolle, along with rock legend Marco Mendoza, who will be appearing with his UK band, who was announced last month and will be sharing new material from his upcoming album out May 2020.

Lee Sklar has been a prominent figure among Hollywood session bassists dating back to the 1970s and ever since. Sklar has more than 2000 albums to his credit (and still counting), and is considered to be one of the “A” players in the highly selective L.A. rock music community where the competition for recording dates is fierce, and where only the strongest will survive. His very recognizable bass playing style has been heard on hits by Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Hall & Oates, Jackson Browne, Phil Collins, Clint Black, Reba McEntire, and George Strait, to name just a few. And never one to remain idle, Sklar entered the millennium with a vengeance, taking on new projects with Willie Nelson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nils Lofgren, Lisa Loeb, and many more. Sklar’s reputation of a fine session player is not held exclusively to the record industry. Television and motion picture musical directors have called upon Sklar for his expertise countless times. He has played on TV shows such as Hill Street Blues, Knight Rider, Simon and Simon, and also on many motion pictures, including Forrest Gump, Ghost, Kindergarten Cop, and My Best Friend’s Wedding. The list is virtually endless.