Victor Wooten

April 19 • Madison Theater

Apr 15, 2013 at 8:35 am

A man’s man. Or a woman’s woman. (Put down the gaydar gun, that’s not what we’re talking about.) Those phrases describe a person who is the epitome of personhood, someone who all the other someones aspire to be. In musical terms, it’s a player who embodies the essence of his or her craft and sets an almost impossibly high bar for anyone in the same line of work.

Victor Wooten is the apex four-stringer, the DaVincian model for the guitar half of a rhythm section; he is the bassist’s bassist.

Wooten is a success in more than mere esoteric terms; the Idaho native has won five Grammys and was named Bass Player of the Year by Bass Player magazine three consecutive years (and was the first to win more than once).

Wooten began playing bass at the improbable age of 2, instructed by his older brother; four years later, he was laying down the pulse for his family outfit, the Wooten Brothers Band.

At 24, he answered Bela Fleck’s call when the banjomaster assembled his Jamgrass group, the Flecktones. He’s been with the band for a quarter century, producing more than a dozen albums in that time.

In the mid-90s, Wooten embarked on a solo career, which has resulted in nine recordings, two of them, Words & Tones and Sword & Stone, coming just last year. He’s played countless sessions and done stints in a variety of bands, including Bass Extremes, Vital Tech Tones and SMV, a remarkable bassist summit with Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller, among them.

In addition, Wooten founded the Victor Wooten Center for Music and Nature and has written a novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music (he promises at least three more in the future).

The bassist’s bassist? Hell, Victor Wooten is everybody’s everything.

VICTOR WOOTEN performs Friday, April 19 with Grooveshire at Madison Theater in Covington. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.