Johnnie Bassett
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Johnnie Bassett

Detroit, Michigan, United States | MAJOR

Detroit, Michigan, United States | MAJOR
Band Blues Jazz


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1994 Live at the Montreux-Detroit Jazz Festival- No Cover
1997 I Gave My Life to the Blues -Black Magic
1997 Bassett Hound -Fedora Records
1997 The Detroit Scene - Cannonball Records
1998 Cadillac Blues -Cannonball Records
1999 Party My Blues Away -Cannonball Records
2009 The Gentleman is Back -Mack Avenue



Born in Marianna, Florida, Johnnie Bassett recalls early encounters with blues artists Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and Big Bill Broonzy during weekend events at his grandmother's home. The Bassett family relocated to Detroit, Michigan, where Johnnie would begin his career as a member of Joe Weaver & The Blue Notes - working as studio musicians for Fortune Records. After serving two years in the Army, he moved to Seattle, performing with Johnnie "Guitar" Watson, Tina Turner, and providing advice and encouragement to an aspiring young guitarist named Jimmy James, later to be known as Jimi Hendrix. In 1965, Johnnie returned to Detroit to raise a family, working on weekends as a sideman with notable local artists, including Chicago Pete, Clarence Price and Ben Baber. Since its inception in 1992, Johnnie Bassett & The Blues Insurgents have recorded four albums and toured throughout Europe and North America, performing at The Blues Estafette, The Chicago Blues Festival and The San Francisco Jazz and Blues Festival.