ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – For local musician Donny Tesso, playing the bass guitar is not just a career, it’s a passion. It’s also that love of the craft and his talent which has him being sought out by many well known artists to play on their recordings.
“I’m a firm believer in studying what they want,” says Tesso. “… what the artist wants, you know, and not too much of me unless they ask for it.”
KRQE News 13 caught up with Tesso on a Monday morning during some down time, which is extremely rare for the busy musician. In this lull, he was waiting to teach students how to play the instrument which is his lifeblood.
The name Donny Tesso is not only one that has been sought out in high demand as a session musician, but one that some bass guitar manufacturers have included on some of their finer instruments.
“To have another company make a bass guitar, a signature guitar like the Wilkins Company is another extremely high honor, highlight of the career,” adds Tesso.
Another highlight which came recently was having one of his guitars placed on permanent display at the National Hispanic Cultural Center here in Albuquerque.
“I think it’s a huge honor to be asked about that you know,” says Tesso. “Especially when you share a space, your guitar that you’ve used for a number of years now resides with, in the same area as somebody like Carlos Santana, it’s pretty amazing.”
Tesso, originally from Yuma, Arizona says many things keep him going in his adopted state. Whether it’s being with family, performing, recording or teaching bass guitar, Tesso adds that he has truly found his niche here in New Mexico.
“Being where I am today in New Mexico, I want to stay here,” says Tesso. “I’ve had offers to do other things in other cities and you know what, technology, there’s a lot of stuff I can do and still live here.”