Randy Kertz is an active bass player who can be seen in the clubs around Chicago, and can be heard holding down the bottom on three of Racing the Sun CDs, including L’Habitat Naturel, the band’s latest release, which is the band’s latest release: https://www.reverbnation.com/racingthesun
Randy’s bass heroes and influences include Jack Bruce (Cream, Solo, and so much more), Trevor Bolder (Uriah Heep, Spiders from Mars, Wishbone Ash), Felix Pappalardi (Mountain and his extensive production work, including Cream, The Youngbloods, Jack Bruce, and Chicago’s The Flock), Mark Clarke (Uriah Heep, Mountain, and Tempest), John Wetton (Uriah Heep, Family, and King Crimson) and John Gustafson (Roxy Music, Hard Stuff, Quatermass and Ian Gillan).
A common thread here is his affinity for English bassists, and those influences can be heard in his playing.
In a departure from his harder rock influences, Randy and bassist Chris Clemente have created BassScapes; ambient music meant to promote relaxation, with the bass as the lead instrument. Check out BassScapes on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2OaK8uJ
Randy has also been practicing chiropractic and acupuncture for over 20 years, and has treated musicians for various injuries they may sustain on the road, or locally.
He is the on-call chiropractor for a number of local music venues. Melding his extensive health care background with his lengthy experience as an active bass player, he has written “The Bassists Guide to Injury Management, Prevention and Better Health” (https://amzn.to/2Dan0pW ) and developed with David Ellefson of Megadeth and Gruv Gear, a more ergonomic bass strap, the “Recoil” (Sweetwater: https://bit.ly/2OaKykN) and is releasing the Helix Neck System ergonomic bass guitar neck with Lace Music.
In his spare time, he is a frequent lecturer on the topic of injury prevention for musicians locally and internationally.
To learn more about Randy, visit www.DrKertz.Com (Photos courtesy of DrKertz Com and GruvGear Com)