Dow Tomlin

Dow Tomlin Dow Tomlin is a seasoned Bassist out of Nashville who has toured and/or recorded with Wynonna Judd, Brooks and Dunn, Lee Ann Womack, Richard Marx, Billy Gilman and on new projects from the members of Highway 101. A touring musician for more than 30 years who has the ability to adapt musically to any genre, he has recorded with thousands of artists and songwriters and has backed many of the biggest names in the business as a house player at the Grand Ole Opry, the CMAs and at top rated clubs in the area. Having performed a number of times on television and in films, and having been asked to perform on the Kennedy Center Honors, Dow is inspired by any opportunity he is given to play.

How did you get started playing Bass?
Two kids who lived up the street from me had drums and a guitar and needed a bass player. I picked up the bass because it was necessary. Once I started playing for real, it felt necessary to keep playing.

Tell us about your current gigs?
I play with Wynonna and The Big Noise and have for about 6 years now. I also sub out with other artists and I do a lot of session work in Nashville with established and up and coming artists – both on their demos and on their albums.

How did you hear about Vintage Guitars?
I ran into my friend Rick Taylor at the NAMM Show last year and we started talking about instruments. I tried out one of the Vintage display basses and I was impressed with the way it played and sounded, and how it felt.

What do you like most about our basses?
They have a classic tone and feel. I particularly like the pickups on them and the way the neck already feels broken in. The sound is rich and articulate. They are extremely versatile for any style of music. Even when you’re playing one for the first time, it still feels like they’re already your favorite instrument. It’s definitely one of my new favorites.

Any advice for players just getting started?
Find someone that you love listening to who plays bass and practice what they already do. Never stop learning. Never lose your sense of wonderment for the instrument or for any of the music you play. There is something to be experienced from every instance you play – whether it’s alone in your room, at a bar or in concert. Play and listen to yourself alongside other musicians. Listen to their feedback so that you can learn what your own strengths are and what you need to strengthen. The bass is the foundation for all great music. It’s what people dance to, it’s what drummers turn to in order to get back on track, it’s what makes music sound complete. Experiment. Try different strings, different styles, different instrumental components together to create your own unique sound. Wherever you are heading musically with the bass, develop your own style to get there.