Built by the famed instrument maker and Stand Up Bassist of The QuickTurtle Band, TBone Ditty. This bass made it’s first appearance in the initial recording of The Diagnostic Symptoms Blues. It is now a part of Robbie Slades arsenal of instruments. TBone built the bass at the St. Andrews Estuary while picnicking with QT Magnolia the band’s lead singer.
QT in a recent interview with Howie Burn from CCB Radio talked about TBone and his music making prowess.
“That was truly a glorious weekend,” QT recalls, “we had just finished our European Tour and needed to get out from under our road weariness. We were having a nice little picnic when TBone spotted the bass’s soundboard calling out to him from a pile of sea strewn debris. After a little more searching he had his little pile of gems all laid out on our blanket. Not only did TBone build the bass right there on the spot, he wrote the lyrics to The Diagnostic Symptoms Blues after hearing from one of our fans that there was an epidemic of ADHD drugging of young QuickTurtles at his alma mater WestBank Elementary School.”
“Right into create mode!” Howie exclaimed.
“It was. We arranged and wrote the music that same day. It was recorded the very next weekend.”
“I understand TBone builds all of his instruments by hand?”
“Yes he’s a naturalist. He has great hands and an abundance of patience. He also has a fabulous ear. It’s a good thing because he needs it when it comes to me.”
“Thank you, QT. Anything new on the horizon?”
“I’d just say, hold on to your toupee there Howie!”