RANDALL BALL

ELECTRIC + UPRIGHT BASSIST

Photo by  Andrew Murdock

Randall Ball is a bass player based in the Greater Washington, DC metro area with over 25 years experience. Since an early age he has been drawn to instruments from the bass family. His first exposure to music was playing the baritone horn in the elementary school band. Upon entering high school he took up the electric bass. In the early 1990s, he started performing with a popular DC area alternative rock band Blue Yard Garden. In the mid 1990s, while still performing with Blue Yard Garden, he began performing with his brother, Native American Music Award winner, Jeff Ball. Working with his brother was a great opportunity to develop the melodic side of his style due to the fact the lead instrument was the Native American Flute rather then electric guitar and vocals. These days he can most often be found backing up The Colin Thompson Band, his WAMMIE nominated band Hard Swimmin' Fish, The Woodshedders, and the Randy Thompson Band.

During recent years Randall has had the chance to spend quite a bit of time at Victor Wooten's Center for Music and Nature. His time at the center allowed him to receive personal instruction from many luminaries in the music world such as: Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Christian McBride, Steve Bailey, Howard Levy, and Anthony Wellington just to name a few.