Guitarist/singer Marissa Paternoster and bassist “King” Mike Abbate worry little about instrument investments and instead focus on producing raw, energy-fueled, loud-as-hell jams.


Keeping things tonally (and visually) comparable, “King” Mike Abbate rolls with a lawsuit-era Hondo II bass. Both 4-strings are laced up with GHS Bass Boomers (.045–.105) and Abbate thumps around with Dunlop Tortex picks (.73 mm).

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How does a legacy artist stay on top of his game? The pianist, hit singer-songwriter, producer, and composer talks about the importance of musical growth and positive affirmation; his love for angular melodicism; playing jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, jam, and soundtrack music; and collaborating with his favorite guitarists, including Pat Metheny and Jerry Garcia.

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