“In addition to occupying the bass position with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band since the beginning, Garry Tallent has also produced and played with countless other artists over the years.Born on October 27, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan, Tallent and his family eventually relocated to Neptune City, New Jersey. Inspired by such bassists as Motown Legend James Jamerson, Booker T & the MG’s Donald “Duck” Dunn, and the Beatles’ Paul McCartney, Tallent took up the instrument himself.
By the late ’60’s, Tallent befriended two future major players in the New Jersey bar band scene – Johnny Lyon (aka Southside Johnny) and Springsteen – and soon after began playing alongside the latter. Subsequently, Tallent’s bass playing could be heard on nearly every single Springsteen album from 1973 through 1987 – 1973’s Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ and the Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle, 1975’s Born to Run, 1978’s Darkness on the Edge of Town, 1980’s the River, 1984’s Born in the USA, 1985’s Live: 1975-1985, and 1987’s Tunnel of Love.
Since the early ’80s, Tallent played with and produced other artists (including Gary US Bond’s 1981 comeback album, Dedication), and when Springsteen decided to take a break from the E Street Band by the down of the ’90s, Tallent kept himself busy by continuing to work with others.
Throughout the decade, Tallent’s production/session resume expanded rapidly, including work with Sonny Burgess, Julian Dawson, The Delevantes, Steve Earle, Steve Forbert, the Hoopsnakes, Evan Johns & His H-Bombs, Robert Earl Keen Jr., Greg Trooper, and his old pal Southside Johnny, among others. During this time, Tallent relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, where he opened his own recording studio, Moon Dog, in addition to co-forming a record label, the D’Ville Record Group. But the decade also saw Tallent appear on Springsteen’s 1995 release, the Ghost of Tom Joad, which lead to a full-on Springsteen/E Street Band reunion by the end of the decade – resulting in further sold out tours and the group’s first studio album in 15 years, 2002’s the Rising.”
Opener: Shun Ng
Singapore raised Shun Ng (pronounced ‘ing’) is a fingerstyle guitarist, vocalist and acclaimed international performer. Known for his unique and virtuosic style, Shun dazzles audiences from all over the world with his flamboyant technique, soulful vocals and hypnotic groove. Today, he stands as one of the most dynamic and innovative performers, winning accolades from legendary producer, Quincy Jones to fellow finger style virtuoso, Tuck Andress.
“You won’t believe your eyes nor your ears, he belies all stereotypes, all premonitions. I was simply blown away by both his soul and his science – his creativity and his uniqueness is astounding.” – Quincy Jones
“I was dazzled by his technique and captivated by his guitar grooves. Shun’s music has that special quality, the dream of all musicians, the natural ability to touch the heart of the listener.” – Tuck Andress (Tuck & Patti)