Rising bass star shares the word about his upcoming solo release
Exclusive video interview with FBPO’s Jon Liebman
November 18, 2019
By David Sands
One of the more compelling new voices to emerge on the bass scene in recent years, Cody Wright has earned high praise from heavy hitters like Leland Sklar and Greg Howe. Known for his pick-playing and stellar two-handed tapping technique, he’s won over an eager fan base through soulful performances featuring his distinctive tone, evocative phrasing and penetrating use of melody. Over the course of his relatively brief career, the multi-instrumentalist has performed and recorded with the likes of Victor Wooten, Oteill Burbridge, Chuck Rainey, Jeff Coffin, Ida Nielsen, Felix Pastorius, Steve Smith of Journey, Snarky Puppy and members of the Tedeschi/Trucks Band.
A Florida native who earned his musical chops in in Virginia and North Carolina, Wright has a background in jazz, fusion and blues guitar. Although he got his start as a guitar player, he picked up the bass to fill a much-needed role for his band Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and soon grew to love the instrument. In addition to that group, he’s also toured nationally or internationally with Eric Gales, Ghost-Note featuring MonoNeon, Ron Holloway Band, Albert Cummings, Everyone Orchestra, Jeff Sipe & Billy Cardine, Jazz is Phish and James Brown Dance Party. He also co-composed and performed music for the 2019 video game release Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman sat down with Wright at the London Bass Guitar Show for an introspective chat that covered his upcoming solo release, the gear that helps him create his distinctive sound, tips for newer bassists and plans for the future.
Watch our interview with Cody!
See Jon’s blog, with key takeaways from this interview, here.