Bassett bought his first organ in 1963 and joined
THE REACTIONS.........he had one and never looked
back. One night at The Wigwam during "Route 66" he
was a changed man. Soul shows at The Sahara Club at
home in Richmond, Virginia gave him clarity of
purpose. Four decades of roadhouse R&B ensued.
David Searles, Mike Bateman, John Peora, and Jack
been playing since I can remember. I bought an old
player piano when I was 12 with
some paper route money and took lessons from Mrs.
Giles for a year.
Quit the next year, bought an Ace Tone with some
more paper route money,
I had a big route, and learned "What'd I Say". I
played through junior high and
high school with "The Reactions", "The Hazards",
and "The Delshons"
LEAD SINGER DAVE LEYSHON
then moved to Wilson, N.C.
to go to the only college that would accept me.
quit after 6 weeks and spent the next two years
playing around Carolina
with Ginger Thompson and with my band, "Earnest
Baker and the Runaways Combo".
EARNEST BAKER & THE
played music we wrote with an occasional Delaney
and Bonnie or Allman Brother cover.
I met Ed King in Wilson at the end of Strawberry
and he and his family moved in with me and my
buddy/drummer Howard Martin
for a while and we played and recorded some music
over at Sound City in Bailey, N.C.
There was a great barbeque place across the street
that made an
unbelievable pork tenderloin biscuit.
Baker and The Runaways Combo" opened a rock show
Iron Butterfly in Myrtle Beach one Easter weekend
ended up leaving at the end of it in a truck with
Teegarden and Van Winkle, another act
the bill, headed for Detroit to be their new
Bob Seger started singing with them and we
recorded the "Smokin OP's" record
on a Revox in the basement between road trips. It
was supposed to be a
Teegarden and Van Winkle record but somehow Bob
ended up releasing it and
David and Skip split up about a year later. Skip
put a big rocking soul band
together and my responsibilities where expanded to
I learned a lot from "the Cowboy" about the Tulsa
groove and the B-3,
and David is one of the smoothest drummers I ever
a year or so I went back home to Richmond for some
AT THE SNAKE RANCH
I started doing my first gigs under my own name,
playing the songs
I'd written over the previous years.
AT THE THIRD WORLD
and I wrote "Sweet Virginia Breeze" before rehearsal
for a Shafer Court concert
VCU and then recorded the Together album at Alpha
Audio with The Andrew Lewis Band
some of our bandmates.
couple of young and alternative years later,
I signed a manager on who took me to New York to
do some demos
with Elliot Shiner when he was on staff at A&R
AND MULTIMAN ELLIOTT RANDALL
when I met Elliott Randall who was recording in
the next room.
My session rendered no record deal. My manager, a
smuggler it turned out,
left the country and I spent the rest of the
seventies playing the barbeque circuit
in the southeast for the beach music crowd or in
New York with Elliott Randall
doing sessions for the jingle guys and playing
live club dates with Els and his NYC pals.
The bands were silly; Alan Swartzberg, Gene
Santini, Jeff Baxter, John Tropea,
Paul Shaffer, Cornell Dupree, Chuck Rainey,
Richard Tee, Lou Marini,
Chris Parker, on and on. I'd be singing with them
in a cattle call for PEPSI with Michael Bolton,
Joe Cerisano, and Johnny Barranco in the day time,
hanging at Els studio later,
and singing with 'em at TRAX for a midnight show.
I knew all the soul tunes they wanted to play.
times in New York those days. The jingle thing took
I spent the next few years flying everyday from NYC
to Nashville to Chicago for sessions.
This was all pre-MIDI so I got to sing with real
musicians everyday,and some of the best, as it turns
vocal style delivered him into the heavens of
satellite broadcast as :
"....one of the top first-call studio soloists in
has sung over 100 network radio and television
bailed him out of the roadhouses for a while into
his creative lean, allowing him the pleasure
making music in favorite places with his favorite
RICHMOND SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT
WITH MY GUESTS LARRY BLAND & THE VOLUNTEER CHOIR
Hammond, Sr. added him to his renowned list of
signed him to Columbia Records in 1980.
MY PRODUCERS AND FRIENDS
JOHN HAMMOND SR. AND JERRY WEXLER
resulting album STEVE BASSETT,
by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett in Muscle Shoals,
four star honors from the critics.
I went to Muscle Shoals with
Jerry and Barry for a month making my album for
I loved every minute of it.
They were wonderful to me.
night Barrie and I would sit at pianos in his office
and arrange music for the next day.
days were spent at Muscle Shoals Sound playing and
recording and laughing.
often go to the guest house on the bluff at the river
the cook would treat us with sumptuous southern
Jerry would treat us with stories.
all went to Montreaux together when we finished the
album for a blues night Jerry produced .
night we got there we saw Miles at the Casino playing
"Time After Time",
luncheon party with Claude Nobs at his chalet the next
the blues show that night.
was very cool.
I'll sure miss them.
continued to coach me until his passing this year.
said to me once "Steve, I'm sorry we couldn't put you on
the big screen."
told him having him as my mentor and friend was cool
enough. It was.
of the blackest white R&B singers you will
ever experience." - Bob Cianci. Blues Access
shifted Bassett's touring life from the East Coast
opening slot on Stevie Ray Vaughan's first tour
was for real. I went with Mr. Hammond
to the showcase Stevie did for him in a club in
I remember Mr. Hammond telling me I was about to
witness a rhythm section with the power of a
Mr. Hammond signed the band the next day and
it wasn't long before I was on the road opening
the next year. When Reese left Delbert's
fall in with Stevie I fell in with Delbert."
McClinton has flown Bassett in through the years so
he can play on the evening's show.
studio band, The Mystic Soul Bubbas, with Roger
Hawkins and David Hood of the legendary Muscle
Shoals Rhythm Section, along with Randy McCormick
and Jim Horn, released a CD of
music entitled "THE SOUTHLAND" and continue their
collaboration in Alabama.
MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS
Hood, Jim Horn, Roger Hawkins, and Randy McCormick
stayed in touch with Roger and David down in
Muscle Shoals following my refusal to bribe
the promotions guy at my record company. I never
really got it that day he asked me
"what are you gonna do with all that promotion
money you got down in Richmond?''
I read about that guy a few years later in a book
called "HIT MEN".
was in the big house."
started going down to Muscle Shoals once every few
weeks to play
with "The Mystic Soul Bubbas"and wallow in
R&B with no excuses.
Damned if one of my jingle clients didn't come
down there and record us on a DOLLY MADISON
commercial that ran for something like six years.
MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND STUDIO A
spent a lot of time in Nashville during those
days; wrote some with Clifford Curry,
played with Steve Wariner on the road, played
with T. Graham Brown, Leroy Parnell,
and Gary Nicholson around town as they were
starting up, played the "Bluebird" a lot
Joe McGlohon's band "Bobby-Q and The Hot Smokin"
day Jim Horn called me to say that The TCB
Band was getting together for a jam
and they needed a singer. A few hours
later I was singing
Can't Help Falling In Love With You" with James
Burton and the fellas. "
saw the American distribution of a CD of Bassett's
he produced with his pal Elliott Randall entitled
"Standing On The Verge"
and a summer tour of blues festivals with Delbert
did this one like it was 1969 again, out in the
woods, recording wind chimes at night.
Cecil with his violin around the campfire, vocals
sessions rolling down 81 in the motorhome,
that kinda thing. We held a session in the parking
lot of my buddy's studio in Nashville
and had Duane Eddy, Jimmy Hall, Delbert, Tony Joe,
all sorts of bubbas through that camper there that
THE NORTH POLE
be missing my buddy Dick Rossi. We had many, many
wonderful times together at The North Pole.
1995 he produced his next CD "On A Saturday Night"
his friend Tim Loftin.
collection of their R&B favorites,
recorded live in a studio in Nashville,
released in Europe.
In 1996 Bassett began a songwriting collaboration
with "The Thrill is Gone" author Rick Darnell.
Skillet Johnson put Rick in touch with me when Elz
and I were doing "the Verge".
brought us "Nosey Rosey". About a year later I met
Rick in Farmville for a writing session.
wrote "You Don't Know Me" that day and I moved my
studio into Rick's radio station
next day. I spent several years there with Rick
writing and running the radio station.
took me to the land of real blues writing. We
laughed our way through many
together, and had the chance to cut some of the 30
songs we wrote
on "Party In A Box" and "You Don't Know Me".
made it Home safe on Christmas Eve 2008 and I'll
cherish the fun
had and the music we made for the rest of my life.
spent 1997-1998 on tour of the USA with his pal
his Hammond B-3 "Bertha" and adding his soulful
voice to the Delbert McClinton Band.
on stage with Delbert has been my joy through the
years. He's my Elvis."
the third millenium, Bassett continues performing
and composing while his collaboration with Robbin
Thompson of 1976, "Sweet Virginia Breeze", has
become the popular favorite for distinction as
Virginia's new state song.
release of his dance party record with The Mystic
Soul Bubbas entitled "Party In A Box" resulted in
top chart activity and airplay in the Beach Music
market throughout the Southeast and the Blues market
across the nation on over 200 radio stations.
Three record projects came during the next two years
with Jimmy Black, veteran Virginia jazz pianist.
Steve and Jimmy's hanging out resulted in "Straight
Up", "One More Time", and "Home" released to the
warmest reception from their fans
with Jimmy allowed me to sing the great music from
my parent's youth,
the songs that rang through my home everyday as I
was coming up.
What a pro, Jimmy, and I really appreciate the
opportunity he gave me to stand
and sing these American treasures.
And aside from that.......the coolest of cats."
JAMES W. BLACK
next produced his friend and gospel mentor Larry
Bland's latest release, "Gotta Keep Moving", which
features the wonderful gospel artistry of another
of Virginia's favorite sons.
release of Steve's blues project "You Don't Know
Me", was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle
Shoals, Alabama, and include 9 songs written with
DARNELL AND RICK HALL
and I headed down to the Shoals to meet my bubbas
David Hood, Brian Owings, and Kelvin Holly
to have a couple days of some fun of the blues
We wrote "If You See Me Running" the day before we
left Virginia and "Since My Baby Went Away" in the
down the street from Fame the morning before the
I thought it would be fun to make up an
instrumental with the bubbas
on the studio floor. David said nobody does that
Rick Hall was in the house. That seemed like good
enough reason to jump in.
An hour later we had "Chicken Bones" and went to
I overdubbed Kevin Mckendree, Don Wise, and Terry
the Birchmere stage one day I was up there playing
dates with Delbert. As some wait for record
to create their opportunities, my bubbas make my
dreams come true.
I love them a lot and can't thank them enough."
next release was the 'live" album MYSTIC SOUL
on location and at
Soul Bubba World Headquarters.
is a collection of tunes from the playlist of the
Steve formed in 2002 with legendary East Coast
drummer Ammon Tharp.
VIRGINIA BEACH WITH PARTNER IN SOUL AMMON THARP
days after I got my driver's license I drove the
Corvair down to Virginia Beach. I got a speeding
ticket racing a
out of the Hampton Tunnel, dropped my keys down the
heater vent once I got oceanside, then snapped
clutch cable slipping my toe off the pedal trying to
catch one in front of the Sea Pines. But, the
of that trip was
the set of Soul Music I witnessed that night
performed by Bill Deal and The Rhondels. They
were the best Virginia soul band
there ever was. The front line was immaculate, with
Bill Deal burning this B3 and Wurlitzer through
Leslies and some huge Fender cabinets and singing as
easy as breathing. ...a big slamming horn
section..and back there with bassist Don
Quisenberry was Ammon stomping down the funk and
singing his butt off. I immediately wanted to be in
a band like that. Thirty five years later, Ammon and
I started crossing paths down at Fat Harold's in
We finally got together to play one day for a show
on Brown's Island . I played with two trains that
day: the coal train rolling over the island and the
soul train Ammon Tharp and Dave Eggleston were
firing at the
of the stage.
Ammon and I got with brothers Randy and Kevin Moss,
initiated the Virginia Lodge of
Mystic Soul Bubbas, and
started working up material. With the addition of a
horn section and singer
played several swinging seasons of partys and
festivals, now. Ammon
knows how to call 'em to keep thedance
floor packed and lays 'em down with all the thump
remember from when I saw him the first time in '67.We're
mighty lucky there's old soul music fans
in Virginia and really appreciate them bringing us
all this fun we're having.
Moss, Steve Bassett, Tommy Loyola, Ammon Tharp, Joel
Joyner, Cornell Jones, Ray Sanders, Kevin Moss
I was a kid playing Soul Music in Richmond, VA, two
of the most important
crowd pleasers in our song list were "39-21-40
Shape" and "It Will Stand" by
the latter song one of my favorites. The only time I
played at Tantilla Gardens was
as the opening band for THE SHOWMEN.
It was years later when I met GENERAL NORMAN JOHNSON
out on the road.
He was always a gentleman to me and his support of
my singing helped me
to feel valid as a Soul singer. On my way to Muscle
Shoals I stopped in
Chapel Hill, NC at a Holiday Inn lounge to connect
with him and see if
he had a song for me and my upcoming sessions with
Jerry Wexler and The Swampers.
his break he took me to his motel room where he had
a Rhodes piano,
threw a telephone book on the floor to beat his foot
and played me some songs he'd written. I had a
micro-cassette recorder running.
I've treasured that tape for many a year now.
Muscle Shoals I played the tape of him singing "ONLY
LOVE CAN MEND A BROKEN HEART"
for Jerry and the fellas and we set out to record it
Our cover of that song was released as the first
single from the resulting Colombia release
and added in regular rotation on a station in
Chicago, until the album
reached that station and they noticed I was a white
Norman Johnson is a true Soul Music treasure
and in fact
THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD .
I truly appreciate the friendship he extended to me
and will surely miss
being able to ring him up for his take on what I'm
is this fiddle that was built in Bulgaria around 1850.
It came to Ohio and into the hands of
Ward. Ward was with the 60th Ohio Infantry Band
under the command of General Hancock,
he played this fiddle through Petersburg, Wilderness,
Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, to name a few.
60th Ohio Infantry Band payed before Lincoln during the
war and participated in the Grand Review
Washinton, D.C. on May 23, 1865 before Andrew Johnson.
Willliam Ward was mustered out on July, 28, 1865.
the Spring of 2004 this fiddle was shipped in pieces in
a box from Florida and delivered by Fed Ex
to Chuck Kincaid in Richmond, Virginia. Kincaid, a
collector of Civil War period pieces, had bought the
off of eBay to add to his collection, which already
included a field drum, fife, bugle, harmonophone,
other instruments from the period.
In the Fall of 2005 Chuck Kincaid shared his collection
with fellow Virginian Steve Bassett.
suggested we get them fixed up and tuned to gather
around a campfire at The Buddy with some pickers and
some good old songs to have these instruments making
music again. I figured the original owners would
a kick out of it. Backstage after playing a show with
Delbert McClinton I ran into my pal Dick Lamb,
had introduced me toold time and bluegrass picking years
ago, and I asked him who we should take
the fiddle to for restoration His answer was John
Larimore in Richmond.
The Fiddler William Ward
took it to John who lovingly restored it. Well, you
know, as one thing leads to another,
and I ended up hitting the road to Guitar Town to hook
up with my pals James Pennebaker
Kevin McKendree at Kevin's Rock House Studio, and spent
the day there recording a song list I'd put together
songs that we felt these instruments had played before,
along with a few tunes I'd had a hand
in writing with some of my bubbas. We were all pleased
to have Pootie White there with us to render
two cents on situations as they arose. Jeff Sarli was
there with his upright bass, and Jason Mowery
great player that works with James in Big and Rich) met
us there, and we had a large time.
fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and other instruments were
played with love and respect
these fellas and we ended up baking a tasty cake of
this trail, I had been called in by the Virginia Tourism
folks to direct a musical finale
a convention for a group of tour planners and had the
great pleasure of meeting some players from
Crooked Road, an area of Virginia known for it's
bluegrass and old time musicians and artists.
got to perform with Governor T. M. Kaine on harmonica
that evening. I asked them for their help
with our project and they were kind to accept. Chuck and
I took a cabin in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia,
James came up and met us from Nashville, and Amber
Collins and Ryan Blevins of No Speed Limit met
there for a long day of great singing on a running creek
at Highland Hideaway in the beautiful
mountains. While we were there we recorded a couple of
home in Cartersville I was flattered to have my lifelong
friends Joe Mead (banjo),
Gary Gerloff (dobro), and Tim Timberlake (guitar) come
to my studio for some good company and
accompaniment.My pal Robbin Thompson met me at Libbie
Place Seafood, Sound, & Lube
some harp. On a road trip, I stopped in Muscle Shoals to
do a little more singing on the
side of the glass from my favorite engineer Steve Melton
at my favorite studio,
A at Muscle Shoals Sound.
compadre since we started cutting up together
backstage in rehearsal for productions at DSF at
the age of 16,
shared love and respect for each other,
the excitement of music and the stage,
and still now, this side of his passing.
last year I was invited by Tom Anderson to take part in
a musical presentation called
Glen Allen Express at Glen Allen Elementary School and
found some new pals there in the cast.
had a ball and I went back over there one day to record
them singing with me on a tune Rick Darnell and I
reworked called Oh Catalina. They were rehearsed and
ready and did an A+ professional session.
got 'em on the first take. Then one Saturday morning I
was honored to go to the Governor's Mansion
Richmond and spend a couple of hours with Governor Tim
Kaine and his First Lady and son Woody
record the Governor on harp for a song I wrote with my
Zeke Sanderson and Elliott Randall called Election Day.
played like kids would on a Saturday morning and I'll
how they welcomed me and made me feel at home.
jumped out and grabbed podnah Delbert for some singing
and harp on
Clean Up Your Own House People,a song I made up with my
bud Mike Stewart,
then hookedup with our bubba T. Graham Brown at The
Grand Ole Opry for some singing
on Election Day.After singing another song at our hang
on Stingray Point and catching Holly Hobbs
bugle atLibbie Place Seafood, Sound & Lube, James
mixed and mastered it all up in his Bonus Room
in Mt. Juliet,and we were done.
What started out as a
plan for an evening around the fire at camp turned into
a few months of
getting to be with some of my favorite people again in
some favorite places and making good music together.
I live for that, and I love and appreciate them all."
in Michigan performing, Steve Bassett hooked up with new
Keller to continue down the road of performing the great
PAUL KELLER, TOMMY
SAUNDERS, STEVE RICHKO, PETE SIERS
met Paul Keller and Tommy Saunders on several occasions
when my "Cuz" Bill Singleton brought
to Richmond to perform. Knowing that I was to be in
Michigan for a performance, I contacted
and asked him to help me record some of the songs that
Jimmy Black and I had
to play. Paul gathered a great band and we had a
wonderful time for a couple of days
Solid Sound Studios in Ann Arbor. It was a beautiful
studio and the fellas there
unbelievable musicians, and really kind to me. We did
this one live in the studio.
really proud to add these recordings to my collection."
the first airing of "Blowin' The Dust Off"
Virginia State Parks contacted Bassett,
resulted in a 16 week tour of
State Parks beginning in May 2007.
was that fun! Michelle and her boys (a fabulous bunch of
I visited 16 beautiful preserved areas of our home state
and played our music
thousands at the concert stages and at our 'pickers
camp' in the campgrounds.
a great gal and singer she is. I'm looking forward to
more music together .
State Parks folks made us at home everywhere we went,
we really appreciate that......grilled pork chops at
the starry skies."
saw Steve in the studio or on the stage daily.
was a year of reunion, pilgrimage, and renewal.
Virginia Mystic Soul Bubbas always look forward to their
lodge meeting at THE UPPER DECK in Virginia Beach.
dancers from the days at the Pepperment turn out and
a great soul music party always breaks out. This year we
the archives and released a CD
MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS "LIVE FROM VIRGINIA BEACH".
fun evening on the boards and a fun sonic recollection
sweet reunion of my oldest Richmond pals and players
my brothers Buzz Montsinger, Bruce Olsen, and Randy Moss
to produce THE RICHMOND HEART AND SOUL REVUE.
intent of the album being to create some help for
need it. Janet Martin, Robbin Thompson, Page Wilson,
Moody, David Robinson, Bruce Olsen, Cornell Jones, Velpo
Robertson, Kevin Moss,
Stanley, Ray Pittmam, KC, Tommy Loyola, Dave Triplet,
Dean Englert, Howard Smith,
Owens, and more gathered at Bruce and Adrian's beautiful
Recording and dug in to a list of songs Buzz had put
us to play. Imagine the peanut gallery for those
of The Wigwam, Whimpydiddles, & The Pass.
Music guru Mr. Chris was in attendance.
and I did a cool duet that Adrian added a ton of live
at Berklee. (I'm proud of that bubba graduating at the
class with a double major in studio engineering and
directed Berklee's record label while there.
working there at SounDog with Bruce and Adrian on this
invited me to set up an office there to have a studio
home in Richmond.
Buddy studio at Jenny's and my home near Cartersville is
my world headquarters and
for what I can get done there, and way what it is...but
for years I'd had to head
a major town to find the world class facilities I'm
comfortable to record a band in.
is just that, and I'm excited to be able to help some
artists launch into
music in Richmond, Virginia.
a couple of years I'd longed to make a new original
artist album with no
style in mind but my own, whatever that is. I've
always headed for
second home of Muscle Shoals to write and hang and
distractions and in the company of my loving and
supportive bubbas there.
made a list of some of my favorite songs I hadn't
in between my performances over the summer, I made five
to Nashville and The Shoals. Another reunion....
with Danny Flowers, Delbert, and Kevin McKendree for
some song writing,
with my bubbas Todd Sharp, George Hawkins Jr, Lynn
Williams, and Kevin McKendree
lifelong partner in many adventures, Steve Jones,
us at the Rochouse for a couple days of soul slamming
some southern rock and roll.
had been in touch with my old bosses and mentors David
Teegarden and Skip Van Winkle about
song I loved on a reunion session they had done. I love
spending time with
on the phone....turns out the song was written by Skip's
Skip and Bub leaving home to chase their music dream.
also recut a song off of SMOKIN' OPs.
reunion for lunch with my long time Bubba Ed King and
his lovely wife.
from Tulsa and we had some good laughs about experiences
was glad to see Ed in such good shape and spirits.
the next trip, Danny, George, Lynn, Calvin, and I met at
The Rockhouse to write.
wrote three that day and cut them the next.
friend and producer Jerry Wexler had just moved on home
and while on the phone with
Hood, the idea came to gather in Studio A at MSS and
have a session
his honor. David suggested "Soul Shake" by Delaney and
the next day THE NASHVILLE MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS
to The Shoals and fell in with a gang of
ALABAMA MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS
Hood, Kelvin Holly, Jimmy Johnson,, Donnie Fritts,
Cooper, Scott Boyer, and Bonnie Bramlet for a rousing
rendition of that song.
and I had picked that tune as it reminded us of Jerry
out in the
room with us dancing to show us a beat emphasis he felt,
"Put it right here!".
all had a dear and fun vibe playing hard that night.
morning I had written a song for Jerry called "It Hurts
cut that too.
great horn session with bubbas Joe McGlohon and Jim
a vocal session with Sweet Etta Britt,
I've got that album I wanted to do in the can.
bubbas make my dreams come true.
I got the chance to wrap that album up, the folks at
Ukrops in Richmond
for a new Chrismas album for their stores for the
holidays.Bryce McCormick met me
at SounDog and I sang a list of
traditionals I'd put together with him at the Steinway.
Olsen and Cameron Ralston joined us on drums and bass,
played a little B3 and sang.
I asked Jenny down to The Buddy to be a group of angels,
had been over twenty years since my last Christmas album
and I really
getting in the spirit early again.
think folks will like our take on these familiar songs.
and Paul Wexler
my funky bubba Donnie Fritts
highlight of 2009, and perhaps my career so far, was the
received from Paul and Lisa Wexler to attend the
their dad, and my friend, Jerry Wexler.
was held at The Directors Guild Theatre in NYC
the weekend of Halloween, The NY Marathon, The 25th
the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The World Series.
Swamper Jimmy Johnson
featured artists were Allen Toussaint, Donnie Fritts,
Blakley, Bettye Lavette, Joe South, Lou Ann Barton,
Lenny Kaye, and myself.
played B3 with Joe South and sang the closing number,
favorite production, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll".
was an honor to the max to be there and in the company
these artists and the awesome band:
Oldham, Mike Finnegan, Bernard Purdie, Jerry Jermott,
Fig, Barbara Cobb, Jimmy Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Jon
Kirke, and The Uptown Horns.
great Mike Finnegan
the sweet and soulful Bettye Lavette
Jerry Jermott and Anton Fig
photos courtesy of Dick
was a wonderful afternoon and tribute to the worlds
greatest R & B producer
by the way, coined the term "Rhythm and Blues".
was reunion with some great old friends and a pleasant
some new ones.
Schwartz review of The Jerry Wexler Memorial :
gig rig / life support
since the age of 10 and married for 28 years,
and Jenny Bassett live in Richmond, Virginia.
remains busy, performing with his band The Mystic
as a featured entertainer at special events
throughout the US,
as a songwriter, session singer and
music producer .