Joe Strummer's Bassists: Lonnie Marshall, Scott Shields

 A few years after John Graham Mellor retired The Clash, he waxed a woefully obscure masterpiece entitled Earthquake Weather (1989) which featured bassist Lonnie Marshall.

Cited as one of the top five funk bassists by Bass Player Magazine, Lonnie slapped, muted, and popped furiously to enhance Mr. Strummer’s stinging socio-political libretto. When Joe assembled his agile backing band The Mescaleros circa 1999, multi-instrumentalist Scott Shields grabbed the bass chair, utilizing a Fender Precision occasionally abetted with overdrive and fuzz. Shields and his fellow Mescaleros fiercely fleshed out the groundbreaking paths forged by Joe’s former band as heard on their latter day canon Sandinista (1980) and Combat Rock (1982), melding reggae, dub, folk, and rockabilly. Shields also played a major role in the posthumous production of Joe Strummer’s final work of genius Streetcore (2003). Lonnie Marshall currently leads his own ensemble Weapon of Choice, and Scott Shields remains active as a producer, film score composer, and performing artist.