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Houston Area Bassist

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Why Musicians Need Residual Income

Monday, December 14th, 2015

In addition to being a bassist, I teach people how to create residual income streams. Here is a link to an article I wrote on Why Musicians Need Residual Income:

Why Musicians Need Residual Income


The Waltones – Best New Band?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

I was invited by Randy Wall to gig with The Waltones at Katie’s in Barcliff TX. These guys are a LOT of fun to groove with! Seeing this write-up in The Scene sure didn’t hurt my feelings!



A GenuWine Good Time

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Brian  Rooney and Sheri LavoLast night, I had the joy and privilege of combining a number of passions in a single evening. Food, Wine, Music, Cigars, Friends, and Romance.

Not a bad way to spend an evening!

For starters, Sheri Lavo and I set up at GenuWine Wine Tasting Room in Magnolia Tx where our good friend, Chris Parmeter was already seated and waiting with some incredible wine selections. This was to be our first appearance at GenuWine.  Owner, Barb Salinas was amazing and we really enjoyed the evening with her and her incredible staff. Hint: Get the margarita pizza! Thank me later.

Soon, we were joined by Stephan Badreau on guitar. The man is just a wonderful talent. He and Sheri played some beautiful music. I joined them for the 2nd set of the evening and we had some really enjoyable moments, together.

Throughout the evening, we were joined by old friends  and made some new friends.

Thank you to everyone that came out to join us. You are all appreciated and I hope you had as much fun as we did.


The Lee Ritenour Experience

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

On April 12, I had the joy of seeing Lee Ritenour and Spyro Gyra here in The Woodlands.

Brian Rooney and Billy PopeAs I was walking up to get my tickets, I saw Abraham Laboriel on the big screen and it took me a moment to realize that I was watching a “live” shot. Once it registered, I got really excited!

Abraham Laboriel is one of the big reasons I became interested in playing bass many years ago.

The evening was absolutely amazing. Imagine Lee Ritenour being backed by Abraham Laboriel, Will Kennedy, and Dave Grusin. And that was the “opening act”! I spent the evening completely captivated by what I was seeing and hearing. On stage were some of the most accomplished musicians in the industry. At any given moment, any one of them could have blown us all away with their chops. What stood out to me more than anything else was how much each player was so focused on supporting the others.

When it was time to solo, they each flawlessly created jaw dropping moments. And when they were not soloing, each player was completely tuned in to the supporting role of making sure the soloist had a wide open canvas to create on.

In many cases, I believe they each demonstrated their genius in what they chose to NOT play as much as what and when they did play.

It was a beautiful evening that included several moments that will stay with me for years go come.