Sugarland bassist Annie Clements hosted a Fender/Girl Rock Nation workshop Monday night at Guitar Center in Nashville.
Clements started off the evening by sharing her background in music, and how she eventually landed her current gig with Sugarland. (You can learn some of those details in this Fender News piece.)
After discussing perfect and relative pitch, Clements demonstrated a technique she uses to manage both singing and playing bass at the same time. While performing “Low Rider,” she also sang the horn part over the bass line.
“It might look goofy but it’s harder than it looks,” she told the crowd. “Try it at home, it works.”
Clements also played along to the music video for Sugarland’s “Down in Mississippi (Up To No Good),” and then treated the audience to Stevie Wonder’s “I Was Made to Love Her.”
To finish off the night, she invited Nashville act Native Run to the stage to perform a few songs.
All attendees received Girl Rock Nation T-shirts and personalized autographed photos, with Clements also holding a drawing for a Fender Road Worn ‘50s Precision Bass. Laurel Taylor, a bassist who just recently moved to Nashville from Alabama, was the lucky winner.