Only Bass - All The Time

  • Touring + Local
  • Recording Sessions
  • Bass Substitution

01 Touring and Local Performances

Whether it's short-notice substitution work, multi-gig touring, or local gigs, you'll find me locking-in with the drummer as well as stepping into the groove of the players. I follow the maxim of "heard but not seen" when it comes to partnering with the drummer to create a solid platform for the rhythm section.

02 Session Work

Session work can be extremely stressful for an artist. For this type of work I make every effort to ensure that I'm not adding to that stress by arriving prepared (and early), engendering support for the effort as a whole and by being as focused as is humanly possible on my part and the overall project.

03 Bass Substitution

With a minimum 72 hour notice I can be fully prepared to perform as many as 35 published songs note-for-note. This includes matching both the nuances of the player I'm subbing for as well as complex timing features specific to that player. The adage "One Size Fits All" will NEVER apply.

pete martin

I am a professional bassist with over 30 years direct session/performing experience over a wide range of music genres.


I've been described as a nuanced player who cares more about the overall song than the dominance of the bass.


I've played small houses with local bands and arenas with national acts. I've got a number of high profile TESTIMONIALS to attest to this fact.

Well Equipped

From lean axe-only gigs to full-bore wall of speakers - I've got the equipment to handle it all. Check out my rig PHOTOS for more info.

Travel Ready

My passport is up-to-date. I've played dates across the United States, Canada, and Europe. If you're ready to go international then I'm on-board.

Booking Info

Contrary to popular belief, contracts are a great idea...


All sessions can be done "on-the-card" with AFM rates at the nominal "sideman" cost or by separate contract. Accreditation is optional unless the services are under AFM contract.

Travel, accommodations, and meal per diem's will be delineated through a separate contract. Please provide me with any/all relevant material at least 72 hours prior to the session(s).

This material can be in the form of sheets (complete score please), tabs, or any popular audio medium (.mp3, .mp4, etc.). All materials should be preceded by a standard NDA which I will sign and return prior to receipt of the materials.


All substitution work must be booked a minimum of 72 hours in advance of any performance - no exceptions - with contracts provided by the artist or management representative. The contract can be verbally approved by me over the phone but must be delivered exactly with the conditions previously specified. Any exceptions to this contractual rule may result in a possible delay of services.

For out-of-town performances the only gear I supply for substitution work are my own custom mold in-ears and a Mike Lull M5 (5 string) bass. For local sub work without a backline I can supply a minimum of the above along with an Eden Electronics WT550 amp and one (1) Eden Electronics D410XLT speaker cabinet.

Sufficient insurance to cover replacement costs in case of damage or loss is the sole responsibility of the artist or management representative for out-of-town performances. Specific work conditions (equipment provided, travel, accommodations, etc.) should also be supplied well in advance of any performance dates.


I'm more than amenable to play as a full band member where the project meets or exceeds my minimum pay requirements.

I book all performances on a first-come/first-served basis regardless of competing costs, i.e. I take the first gig that can meet or exceed my minimum for that type of performance even if I receive a better offer after accepting the first.

Please contact me directly for access to my booking calendar.

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My Guarantees

I take pride in my work and in the work of those that I perform with. To that end I offer my professional guarantee:

  • Fully Prepared: No lead sheets
  • On Time: More than likely early
  • It's all about you: I never try to upstage
  • Note-For-Note: Or as close as is humanly possible

My approach is "no ego". You're paying the bills and, as such, you're in control of your project or your event.

Pete Martin

My Genres

Although I can mimic just about any style of music, these are the ones I'm most comfortable with. The percentages represent my opinion of how versed I am in the listed styles.

Pop 95%
rock 85%
Modern Country 75%
funk 65%
R & B 45%
soul 45%

my "numbers"

...but they're just numbers in the end.

playing years


session hours

total gigs

national gigs


...if there's a date listed then I'm already booked. Always first-come / first-served.

PAST: Saturday - July 4, 2015 Port Gamble, WA: Appearing with Crossing Lines Band at Old Mill Days Americana for a PUBLIC SHOW
PAST: Friday - July 17, 2015 Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada: Appearing with Loverboy as a sub for Ken 'Spider' Sinnaeve at Fort Fest
PAST: Saturday - August 1, 2015 The Dalles, OR: Appearing with Crossing Lines Band at a PRIVATE SHOW
PAST: Saturday - August 8, 2015 Albertville, AL: Appearing with 38 Special as a sub for Barry Dunaway at The Main Street Music Festival
PAST: Saturday - September 5, 2015 Denver, CO: Appearing with Blue Oyster Cult as a sub for Kasim Sulton at Reserve Casino Hotel
Friday - September 18, 2015 Memphis, TN: Appearing with Hall and Oates as a sub for Klyde Jones at the Memphis Botanic Gardens
Saturday - October 17, 2015 Renton, WA: Appearing with Crossing Lines Band at Sam's for a PUBLIC SHOW
Saturday - November 7, 2015 Everett, WA: Appearing with Crossing Lines Band at The Rockin' M for a PUBLIC SHOW
Tuesday - December 8, 2015 Seattle, WA: Appearing with Crossing Lines Band at a PRIVATE SHOW (Columbia Towers)
Saturday - May 7, 2016 Seattle, WA: Appearing with Crossing Lines Band at a PRIVATE SHOW (Four Seasons)


The majority of my representative media is audio but I've also included a couple of video representations as well along with a couple of photos of my rig. Audio samples are overdubs and not original recordings. The videos were filmed with Crossing Lines Band out of Seattle.

what my clients say

Some very kind words from several of my more better known clients...


Daryl Hall and John Oates

Hall & Oates

Pete stepped in for John Siegler after he sprained his wrist on tour along with a couple of vacation dates for Klyde Jones. It's truly amazing how quickly he can learn a strong set and make it look easy.


Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis &the News

We utilized Pete's talents on a couple of dates for our 30th Anniversary Tour. I remember glancing over his way several times thinking it was really John Pierce playing. Very solid player.


Joe Jackson

Joe Jackson

Pete Martin substituted for Graham Maby several times, most notably in order for Graham to be present at the birth of his first child. I found him to be eminently proficient and an excellent stage mate.


Lee Sklar

James Taylor | Phil Collins | Toto

Pete was one of a handful of protégés of mine back in the late '90s. I utilized him as a contract sub in the studio when I was on the road. He always did his homework.


Don Barnes

38 Special

Pete has come through for us on many occasions, both planned and unplanned, as a sub for Larry Junstrom. He's fun to work with, professional to a fault, and mixes well with the band.


Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

I used Pete on a couple of gigs when Matt Bissonette needed a break. He may not be the flashiest player out there but he's flexible and gets the job done.


Lyle Lovett

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

Lee Sklar recommended Pete after seeing him play with another group at Wong's West in LA and we used him for a couple of dates while Lee was otherwise engaged. Good player.

generalized pricing

Some STARTER numbers for pricing negotiations...Call for session/recording pricing.

$150 per night - local

Cover - Sub Gig

  • 50 songs maximum
  • ≤60 miles rt bellevue wa
  • song media provided by client
  • without rehearsals
  • 50% down & 50% @ gig start
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$200 per night - local

cover - sub gig

  • my backline
  • 50 songs maximum
  • ≤60 miles rt bellevue wa
  • song media provided by client
  • without rehearsals
  • 50% down & 50% @ gig start
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$50 per HOUR - local


  • ≤60 miles rt bellevue wa
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$1800 per instance

minimum - national

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Let me know if you think I can help your project - either sub work or recording, I'll get back to you ASAP.

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