Lonnie Turner

Lonnie Turner was a founding member of the Steve Miller Band from their humble beginnings as a Bay Area psychedelic blues-rock ensemble to their emergence as a 1970s hit-making, arena filling, platinum- album selling machine that could rock with the best of them from Led Zeppelin to Fleetwood Mac and then some.

Whereas many bassists accompanying a guitar icon tend to fill space on the bottom end exclusively, Turner was particularly adept working the upper and lower registers with equal dexterity and creativity (“Jungle Love”) and was a master at playing in-the pocket as evidenced on ”Fly Like an Eagle,” “Space Cowboy,” “Swing Town,” and “Livin’ In the USA,” to cite a few.

Turner, who passed in 2013, often utilized a prototype 1967 Fender Music Man bass with a deep resonance he tempered by fluid finger-picking near the bridge of the instrument. Lonnie also shined on albums with Dave Mason (Headkeeper, It’s Like You Never Left), Eddie Money (s/t, Life for the Taking) Albert King, Tommy Tutone, and Terry & the Pirates.