It all began in middle school for A Thousand Horses’ bass player, Graham DeLoach. Inspired by Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and other legendary bass players, DeLoach began his music career using an Ampeg SVT 4 Pro amp with an 8 x 10 cabinet.
As a bass player, he hopes to inspire people and other players through his performances in A Thousand Horses. Now, DeLoach plays an Ampeg SVT Classic in the studio and on the road, claiming that “their products, quality, and tone is unmatched and unparalleled. They are the best.”
DeLoach also says that his goals are very band-oriented, which are undoubtedly being achieved as Nashville-based A Thousand Horses recently received Highest Charting Country Debut for their single ‘Smoke’. Their sound is a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones, wrapped up in a modern-country context, it’s as wild and free and powerful as their name implies.
Band: The Steepwater Band
Tod resides in Uptown, Chicago, just blocks away from the Wilson Windsor Apartments, where Everett Hull began work on his invention of the amplified peg or “Ampeg.” Tod took music as an interest early on in life and his first … more »
Band: Rocky and the Rollers / Bowzer / The JDJ Project
Gear: Heritage SVT-CL
Since 1998, Jimmy Miller has been the bassist/vocalist for 50’s-60’s-70’s band Rocky And The Rollers, performing both on our own and as the house band for ex-Sha Na Na singer Bowzer’s Rock And Roll Party shows, backing up over 200 of the biggest names of the early days of rock and roll, including stars such as Gary U.S. Bonds, Chubby Checker, Lesley Gore, Sam Moore, Little Anthony And The Imperials, Freddy Cannon, and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits.
Miller is also an avid songwriter, writing and rehearsing with a new trio tentatively called The JDJ Project, playing slightly off kilter instrumental rock/pop/jazz music.
A childhood of playing drums and guitar and the amazing discovery in his teens that bass contained elements of both, Miller was hooked on bass. Coupled with the knowledge that there were plenty of drummers and guitarists out there but not nearly as many bassists, Miller figured he could always find a gig by playing bass.
“I need versatility in my amp since I play a lot of different styles of music during a typical show, and I need it to be easy and quick to find great tones. Whether delicate or raging or anything in between, and whether I’m playing electric or upright bass, Ampeg amps always give me what I need. It’s almost as if they read my mind. They’ve defined the standard in bass amplification for close to seven decades now, and they’ve defined my sound since I started playing professionally.” – Jimmy Miller
Band: Stray Cats / Lee Rocker
Driven by a passion for Rockabilly at an early age, Lee got his first upright bass at 16 years old, started a band and began to make history. Practicing until his fingers bled and honing his chops, by 1980 the … more »
Band: G Love & Special Sauce
While it can’t quite be categorized as blues or rock or psychedelic soul, Philadelphia’s G Love & Special Sauce blends their low-fi charm into a rich, gravy-smooth jumble of hip-hop, backroom blues and R&B. After releasing their self-titled debut album … more »