“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. Five decades of roadhouse R&B ensued.