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"Steve Bassett's musical style is a synthesis of America's root music; blues, r&b, gospel, and rock & roll. Not only does Steve have a true feeling for the blues, he is a master of the gospel idiom, and in this combination of talents he is just about unique in music. He is a singer's singer and he communicates with his audience in a soulful front porch manner that crosses markets and generations and leaves his listener feeling like he has sung to them alone."

- John Hammond, Sr. -


Pretty flattering words, aren't they? They came from the mouth of the most legendary talent scout in the history of American popular music, John Hammond, Sr., the man who discovered and nurtured the careers of Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Billie Holliday, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan and so many others. One could surmise that Mr. Hammond knew a thing or two about American music. His uncanny knack for discovering new talent earned him the respect of musicians worldwide throughout his long and distinguished career.

And Mr. Hammond's words ring true as you hear Steve for yourself.

Steve 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.


                              
                                  

                                     THE REACTIONS

                                           with David Searles, Mike Bateman, John Peora, and Jack Beasley

"I've 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", "The Potentials"
and "The Delshons"

 

        

THE DELSHONS

WITH LEAD SINGER DAVE LEYSHON

and then moved to Wilson, N.C.
to go to the only college that would accept me.

I 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 RUNAWAYS COMBO

We 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 Alarm Clock
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.


       

 

"Earnest Baker and The Runaways Combo" opened a rock show featuring
Iron Butterfly in Myrtle Beach one Easter weekend and I
ended up leaving at the end of it in a truck with Teegarden and Van Winkle, another act

on the bill, headed for Detroit to be their new driver/roadie/soundman.

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 driver/roadie/singer.
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 heard.

       
     David                  "The Cowboy"

 

After a year or so I went back home to Richmond for some healing.

 

AT THE SNAKE RANCH

 

That's when
I started doing my first gigs under my own name, playing the songs
I'd written over the previous years.

 

ADOWNSTAIRS AT THE THIRD WORLD

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Robbin and I wrote "Sweet Virginia Breeze" before rehearsal for a Shafer Court concert

at VCU and then recorded the Together album at Alpha Audio with The Andrew Lewis Band

along with some of our bandmates.

 

A 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 Studios.

 

  

WITPATCHMAN AND MULTIMAN ELLIOTT RANDALL

 

That's 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.

 

 

 

 

Wild times in New York those days. The jingle thing took off and
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 out. "

 

 


         

                                                                       

Bassett's vocal style delivered him into the heavens of satellite broadcast as :

"....one of the top first-call studio soloists in the country."

 

                         

                                                                              

                                                                        LCOLUMBIA RECORD SHOT

 

He has sung over 100 network radio and television commercials. This bailed him out of the roadhouses for a while into his creative lean, allowing him the pleasure

of making music in favorite places with his favorite people.

 

                        

                                                             RICHMOND SYMPHONY POPS CONCERT

                      WITH MY GUESTS LARRY BLAND & THE VOLUNTEER CHOIR

 

John Hammond, Sr. added him to his renowned list of discovered talent

and signed him to Columbia Records in 1980.

 

                                             

                                                         

                                         MY PRODUCERS AND FRIENDS JOHN HAMMOND SR. AND JERRY WEXLER

 

The resulting album STEVE BASSETT,

produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett in Muscle Shoals,

gathered four star honors from the critics.

      

               

 

Mb               I went to Muscle Shoals with Jerry and Barry for a month making my album for Columbia.

I I loved every minute of  it. They were wonderful to me.

Each night Barrie and I would sit at pianos in his office and arrange music for the next day.

The days were spent at Muscle Shoals Sound playing and recording and laughing.

We'd often go to the guest house on the bluff at the river

where the cook would treat us with sumptuous southern offerings,

and Jerry would treat us with stories.

We all went to Montreaux together when we finished the album for a blues night Jerry produced .

The night we got there we saw Miles at the Casino playing "Time After Time",

a luncheon party with Claude Nobs at his chalet the next day,

and the blues show that night.

It was very cool.

I'll sure miss them.

Jerry continued to coach me until his passing this year.

He said to me once "Steve, I'm sorry we couldn't put you on the big screen."

I told him having him as my mentor and friend was cool enough. It was.

 

"One of the blackest white R&B singers you will ever experience." - Bob Cianci. Blues Access

 

This shifted Bassett's touring life from the East Coast

to opening slot on Stevie Ray Vaughan's first tour across America.


                 

                                                                                                 

                                          

                                          

 

"Stevie was for real. I went with Mr. Hammond
to the showcase Stevie did for him in a club in NYC.
I remember Mr. Hammond telling me I was about to
witness a rhythm section with the power of a freight train.
Mr. Hammond signed the band the next day and
it wasn't long before I was on the road opening for them

for the next year.  When Reese left Delbert's band to

to fall in with Stevie I fell in with Delbert."

      

                                   

                                   


Delbert McClinton has flown Bassett in through the years so he can play on the evening's show.

 

                                                                                                               

                                                              

 

 

                                     

                                                             

                               

His 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

their music entitled "THE SOUTHLAND" and continue their collaboration in Alabama.

                                                    

                                                       

THE MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS

David Hood, Jim Horn, Roger Hawkins, and Randy McCormick

"I 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".

He was in the big house."

 

                                    

I 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

I 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

with Joe McGlohon's band "Bobby-Q and The Hot Smokin" Briskets.

One 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

"I Can't Help Falling In Love With You" with James Burton and the fellas. "

 


 


1994 saw the American distribution of a CD of Bassett's originals

he produced with his pal Elliott Randall entitled "Standing On The Verge"

and a summer tour of blues festivals with Delbert McClinton.

"We 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, Donnie Fritts,
all sorts of bubbas through that camper there that day.

 

       

THE NORTH POLE

 

 

I'll be missing my buddy Dick Rossi. We had many, many wonderful times together at The North Pole.

             


In 1995 he produced his next CD "On A Saturday Night"
with his friend Tim Loftin.

This collection of their R&B favorites,
recorded live in a studio in Nashville,

was released in Europe.


In 1996 Bassett began a songwriting collaboration with "The Thrill is Gone" author Rick Darnell.

"Main Skillet Johnson put Rick in touch with me when Elz and I were doing "the Verge".

Rick brought us "Nosey Rosey". About a year later I met Rick in Farmville for a writing session.

We wrote "You Don't Know Me" that day and I moved my studio into Rick's radio station

the next day. I spent several years there with Rick writing and running the radio station.

Rick took me to the land of real blues writing. We laughed our way through many

adventures together, and had the chance to cut some of the 30 songs we wrote

together on "Party In A Box" and "You Don't Know Me".

 

 

He made it Home safe on Christmas Eve 2008 and I'll cherish the fun

we had and the music we made for the rest of my life.

 


Steve spent 1997-1998 on tour of the USA with his pal Delbert McClinton,

grinding his Hammond B-3 "Bertha" and adding his soulful voice to the Delbert McClinton Band.

                   

                     

"Being on stage with Delbert has been my joy through the years. He's my Elvis."


In 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.

       

                                             

 

 

                            

The 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 at home.

"Working 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

 

Steve 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.

 

The 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 Rick Darnell.

 

            

RICK DARNELL AND RICK HALL

"Rick 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 variety.
We wrote "If You See Me Running" the day before we
left Virginia and "Since My Baby Went Away" in the Waffle House
down the street from Fame the morning before the last session.
I thought it would be fun to make up an instrumental with the bubbas
on the studio floor. David said nobody does that much.
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 lunch.
I overdubbed Kevin Mckendree, Don Wise, and Terry Townson on
the Birchmere stage one day I was up there playing a couple
dates with Delbert. As some wait for record companies
to create their opportunities, my bubbas make my dreams come true.
I love them a lot and can't thank them enough."

The next release was the 'live" album MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS recorded
on location and at

Mystic Soul Bubba World Headquarters. 
It is a collection of tunes from the playlist of the

band Steve formed in 2002 with legendary East Coast drummer Ammon Tharp.

 

 

ON VIRGINIA BEACH WITH PARTNER IN SOUL AMMON THARP

 

"Two days after I got my driver's license I drove the Corvair down to Virginia Beach. I got a speeding ticket racing a

Volkswagen out of the Hampton Tunnel, dropped my keys down the heater vent once I got oceanside, then snapped

the clutch cable slipping my toe off the pedal trying to catch one in front of the Sea Pines.  But, the most memorable

moment 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 Myrtle Beach. 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

back of the stage. Ammon and I got with brothers Randy and Kevin Moss, initiated the Virginia Lodge of

The Mystic Soul Bubbas, and started working up material. With the addition of a horn section and singer

extraordinaire Cornell Jones,we've played several swinging seasons of partys and festivals, now. Ammon

really knows how to call 'em to keep thedance floor packed and lays 'em down with all the thump

I remember from when I saw him the first time in '67.We're mighty lucky there's old soul music fans

here in Virginia and really appreciate them bringing us together

for all this fun we're having.

 


 

Randy Moss, Steve Bassett, Tommy Loyola, Ammon Tharp, Joel Joyner, Cornell Jones, Ray Sanders, Kevin Moss

 

When 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 SHOWMEN,
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.

On 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 on,
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.

In 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 immediately.
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 artist.

 

 

General 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 up to.

 

 

"There is this fiddle that was built in Bulgaria around 1850. It came to Ohio and into the hands of

William Ward.  Ward was with the 60th Ohio Infantry Band under the command of General Hancock,

and he played this fiddle through Petersburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, to name a few.

The 60th Ohio Infantry Band payed before Lincoln during the war and participated in the Grand Review

in Washinton, D.C. on May 23, 1865 before Andrew Johnson. Willliam Ward was mustered out on July, 28, 1865.

In 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 fiddle

off of eBay to add to his collection, which already included a field drum, fife, bugle, harmonophone, guitar,

mandolin,and other instruments from the period.
In the Fall of 2005 Chuck Kincaid shared his collection with fellow Virginian Steve Bassett.

"I suggested we get them fixed up and tuned to gather around a campfire at The Buddy with some pickers and

play some good old songs to have these instruments making music again. I figured the original owners would

get a kick out of it. Backstage after playing a show with Delbert McClinton I ran into my pal Dick Lamb,

who 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

Chuck took it to John who lovingly restored it. Well, you know, as one thing leads to another,

Chuck and I ended up hitting the road to Guitar Town to hook up with my pals James Pennebaker

and Kevin McKendree at Kevin's Rock House Studio, and spent the day there recording a song list I'd put together

of 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

his two cents on situations as they arose. Jeff Sarli was there with his upright bass, and Jason Mowery

(a great player that works with James in Big and Rich) met us there, and we had a large time.

Chuck's fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and other instruments were played with love and respect

by these fellas and we ended up baking a tasty cake of music.

Along this trail, I had been called in by the Virginia Tourism folks to direct a musical finale

at a convention for a group of tour planners and had the great pleasure of meeting some players from

The Crooked Road, an area of Virginia known for it's bluegrass and old time musicians and artists.

We 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

us there for a long day of great singing on a running creek at Highland Hideaway in the beautiful

Virginia mountains. While we were there we recorded a couple of more songs.

Back 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

musical accompaniment.My pal Robbin Thompson met me at Libbie Place Seafood, Sound, & Lube

for some harp. On a road trip, I stopped in Muscle Shoals to do a little more singing on the

other side of the glass from my favorite engineer Steve Melton at my favorite studio,

Studio A at Muscle Shoals Sound.

 

 

Gary Gerloff

My compadre since we started cutting up together

backstage in rehearsal  for productions at DSF at the age of 16,

we shared love and respect for each other, 

and the excitement  of  music and the stage,

then and still now, this side of his passing.

 

 

Earlier last year I was invited by Tom Anderson to take part in a musical presentation called

The Glen Allen Express at Glen Allen Elementary School and found some new pals there in the cast.

We had a ball and I went back over there one day to record them singing with me on a tune Rick Darnell and I

had reworked called Oh Catalina. They were rehearsed and ready and did an A+ professional session.

We got 'em on the first take. Then one Saturday morning I was honored to go to the Governor's Mansion

in Richmond and spend a couple of hours with Governor Tim Kaine and his First Lady and son Woody

to record the Governor on harp for a song I wrote with my neighbor
Zeke Sanderson and Elliott Randall called Election Day.

We played like kids would on a Saturday morning and I'll never forget
how they welcomed me and made me feel at home.

James 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,

and 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

on 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."

 

 

While in Michigan performing, Steve Bassett hooked up with new pal

Paul Keller to continue down the road of performing the great American Standards.

 

PAUL KELLER, TOMMY SAUNDERS, STEVE RICHKO, PETE SIERS

"I met Paul Keller and Tommy Saunders on several occasions when my "Cuz" Bill Singleton brought

them to Richmond to perform. Knowing that I was to be in Michigan for a performance, I contacted

Paul and asked him to help me record some of the songs that Jimmy Black and I had

loved to play. Paul gathered a great band and we had a wonderful time for a couple of days

at Solid Sound Studios in Ann Arbor. It was a beautiful studio and the fellas there

were unbelievable musicians, and really kind to me. We did this one live in the studio.

I'm really proud to add these recordings to my collection."

 

 

After the first airing of "Blowin' The Dust Off"

the Virginia State Parks contacted Bassett,

which resulted in a 16 week tour of

Virginia's State Parks beginning in May 2007.

 

 

"Boy was that fun! Michelle and her boys (a fabulous bunch of musicians)

and I visited 16 beautiful preserved areas of our home state and played our music

for thousands at the concert stages and at our 'pickers camp' in the campgrounds.

What a great gal and singer she is. I'm looking forward to more music together .

The State Parks folks made us at home everywhere we went,

and we really appreciate that......grilled pork chops at midnight

under the starry skies."

 

2008 saw Steve in the studio or on the stage daily.

It was a year of reunion, pilgrimage, and renewal.

"The Virginia Mystic Soul Bubbas always look forward to their annual

winter lodge meeting at THE UPPER DECK  in Virginia Beach.

The dancers from the days at the Pepperment turn out and

and a great soul music party always breaks out. This year we recorded it

for the archives and released a CD

THE MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS "LIVE FROM VIRGINIA BEACH".

Another fun evening on the boards and a fun sonic recollection of it.

 

 

 

A sweet reunion of my oldest Richmond pals and players happened

as my brothers Buzz Montsinger, Bruce Olsen, and Randy Moss

gathered to produce THE RICHMOND HEART AND SOUL REVUE.

The intent of the album being to create some help for musicians

who need it. Janet Martin, Robbin Thompson, Page Wilson, Tommy Crouther.

Ron Moody, David Robinson, Bruce Olsen, Cornell Jones, Velpo Robertson, Kevin Moss,

Audie Stanley, Ray Pittmam, KC, Tommy Loyola, Dave Triplet, Dean Englert, Howard Smith,

Dave Owens, and more gathered at Bruce and Adrian's beautiful

SounDog Recording and dug in to a list of songs Buzz had put together

for us to play. Imagine the peanut gallery for those sessions.

Shades of The Wigwam, Whimpydiddles, & The Pass.

Soul Music guru Mr. Chris was in attendance.

Robbin and I did a cool duet that Adrian added a ton of live strings to

while at Berklee. (I'm proud of that bubba graduating at the top of

his class with a double major in studio engineering and music industry.

He directed Berklee's record label while there.

 

                                                           

 

While working there at SounDog with Bruce and Adrian on this project,

they invited me to set up an office there to have a studio home in Richmond.

The Buddy studio at Jenny's and my home near Cartersville is my world headquarters and

great for what I can get done there, and way what it is...but for years I'd had to head

to a major town to find the world class facilities I'm comfortable to record a band in.

SounDog is just that, and I'm excited to be able to help some artists launch into

their music in Richmond, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

For a couple of years I'd longed to make a new original artist album with no

particular style in mind but my own, whatever that is.  I've always headed for

my second home of Muscle Shoals to write and hang and record with

no distractions and in the company of my loving and supportive bubbas there.

I made a list of some of my favorite songs I hadn't recorded ,

and in between my performances over the summer, I made five

trips to Nashville and The Shoals. Another reunion....

first with Danny Flowers, Delbert, and Kevin McKendree for some song writing,

Then with my bubbas Todd Sharp, George Hawkins Jr, Lynn Williams, and Kevin McKendree

for some tracking.

Some more reunion....

My lifelong partner in many adventures, Steve Jones,

joined us at the Rochouse for a couple days of soul slamming some southern rock and roll.

I had been in touch with my old bosses and mentors David Teegarden and Skip Van Winkle about

a song I loved on a reunion session they had done. I love spending time with

both on the phone....turns out the song was written by Skip's sister Smokee

about Skip and Bub leaving home to chase their music dream.

I also recut a song off of SMOKIN' OPs.

Another reunion for lunch with my long time Bubba Ed King and his lovely wife.

She's from Tulsa and we had some good laughs about experiences there.

I was glad to see Ed in such good shape and spirits.

On the next trip, Danny, George, Lynn, Calvin, and I met at The Rockhouse to write.

We wrote three that day and cut them the next.

                                                                      

My friend and producer Jerry Wexler had just moved on home and while on the phone with

David Hood, the idea came to gather in Studio A at MSS and have a session

in his honor. David suggested "Soul Shake" by Delaney and Bonnie

and the next day THE NASHVILLE MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS

tripped to The Shoals and fell in with a gang of 

THE ALABAMA MYSTIC SOUL BUBBAS

David Hood, Kelvin Holly, Jimmy Johnson,, Donnie Fritts,

Dick Cooper, Scott Boyer, and Bonnie Bramlet for a rousing rendition of that song.

David and I had picked that tune as it reminded us of Jerry out in the

live room with us dancing to show us a beat emphasis he felt,

shouting "Put it right here!".

We all had a dear and fun vibe playing hard that night.

That morning I had written a song for Jerry called "It Hurts Me".

We cut that too.

A great horn session with bubbas Joe McGlohon and Jim Williamson

and a vocal session with Sweet Etta Britt,

and I've got that album I wanted to do in the can.

My bubbas make my dreams come true.

 

 

 

Before I got the chance to wrap that album up, the folks at Ukrops in Richmond

asked for a new Chrismas album for their stores for the holidays.Bryce McCormick met me

at SounDog and I sang a list of

Christmas traditionals I'd put together with him at the Steinway.

Adrian Olsen and Cameron Ralston joined us on drums and bass,

I played a little B3 and sang.

I asked Jenny down to The Buddy to be a group of angels,

and she was.

It had been over twenty years since my last Christmas album and I really

enjoyed getting in the spirit early again.

I think folks will like our take on these familiar songs.

 

 

 

                 

        

                 Lisa and Paul Wexler                                                 my funky bubba Donnie Fritts

                        

The highlight of 2009, and perhaps my career so far, was the invitation

I received from Paul and Lisa Wexler to attend the memorial

for their dad, and my friend, Jerry Wexler.

It was held at The Directors Guild Theatre in NYC

on the weekend of Halloween, The NY Marathon, The 25th Anniversary

of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The World Series.

                                                       Swamper Jimmy Johnson

 

The featured artists were Allen Toussaint, Donnie Fritts, William Bell,

Ronee Blakley, Bettye Lavette, Joe South, Lou Ann Barton, Lenny Kaye, and myself.

I played B3 with Joe South and sang the closing number,

Jerry's favorite production, "Shake, Rattle, and Roll".

It was an honor to the max to be there and in the company

of these artists and the awesome band:

Spooner Oldham, Mike Finnegan, Bernard Purdie, Jerry Jermott,

Anton Fig, Barbara Cobb, Jimmy Johnson, Bonnie Raitt, Jon Tiven,

Simon Kirke, and The Uptown Horns.

 

             

                the great  Mike Finnegan                                             the sweet and soulful Bettye Lavette

               

     Allen Toussaint                                       Jerry Jermott and Anton Fig

photos courtesy of Dick Cooper

It was a wonderful afternoon and tribute to the worlds greatest R & B producer

who, by the way, coined the term "Rhythm and Blues".

It was reunion with some great old friends and a pleasant introduction

to some new ones.

 

Andy Schwartz review of  The Jerry Wexler Memorial :

                                                            http://www.nyrocker.com/blog/author/admin/

 

 

 

          

gig rig / life support unit

 

 

Friends since the age of 10 and married for 25 years,

Steve and Jenny Bassett live in the heart of Virginia on their farm

adjoining the Cumberland State Game Preserve.

          Steve remains busy, performing with his band The Mystic Soul Bubbas,

              as a featured entertainer at special events throughout the US,

and as a songwriter, session singer and player,

and music producer .

                   

               

        

 

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