Kenny Aaronson (Bob Dylan, Derringer, Joan Jett)

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By Thomas Semioli

If you had to explain what a rock and roll bass player is to an alien invader (are there any other kind?) the answer is Kenny Aaronson….

Cited as Bassist of the Year in 1988 by Rolling Stone, Kenny Aaronson is the among most versatile and resourceful players in the history of the art-form that is rock and roll. On the concert stage as a sideman, he is second to none as an accompanist, rhythmic/harmonic catalyst, and visual performer.

Ditto his career as a studio player. Aaronson’s canon embraces every sub-genre of rock ranging from traditional rhythm & blues, prog, metal, punk, alternative, roots, arena rock, pop, blues, folk, and every permutation thereof…and maybe a few Kenny invented – go ask him!!

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A short list of his record and touring credits would break the internet quicker than a Kardashian’s derriere, however to mention a select few: Ronnie Spector, Billy Idol, Tom Guerra, The Stories with Ian Lloyd, Dana Fuchs, Bob Dylan, Sammy Hagar, Joan Jett, Graham Parker, Hall & Oates, New York Dolls, John Eddie, The Yardbirds, Edgar Winter, Robert Gordon, Dave Edmunds, Michael Monroe, Billy Squire, Dust, and Hagar/Aaronson/Schon/Shrieve…

As I was witness, Kenny’s tenure with Dylan – with guitarist G.E. Smith, and drummer Chris Parker – ranks with Bob’s collaborations with The Band, and The Rolling Thunder Revue.

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For what it’s worth, this writer cited Kenny in Huffington Post in December 2017 Eleven Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – in the category for Musical Excellence : https://bit.ly/2hOLzO3

Aaronson’s arsenal: I’ve seen Kenny commandeer Fender, Kay, ESP, Ibanez G & L basses…his strings are La Bella 760N…

Interview with Tom Guerra and Kenny From a Yardbird to a Mambo Son – Sowing Seeds in Tom Guerra’s American Garden – Tom Semioli NO DEPRESSION 2018 https://bit.ly/2T4exhv

Kenny’s greatest hits? A very, very few of my picks in no particular order:

With Brian Setzer “Haunted River” https://youtu.be/tlGJu317T7E

With Rick Derringer “Envy” https://youtu.be/EpjZ9gRjJU4

With The Stories “Brother Louie” https://youtu.be/wmF3jDwSTmI

HSAS “Missing You” https://youtu.be/Q1pUyLrZWcg

Joan Jett “World of Denial” https://youtu.be/XK_K_ft0dIU

Dust https://youtu.be/U4KnOFDxW0c

Michael Monroe “Not Fakin’ It” https://youtu.be/62w64L9j_0g

Tom Guerra “Tell the World” https://youtu.be/X_1zLzia3oQ

For all things Kenny Aaronson – https://www.kennyaaronson.com/home

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