When I first met Johnnie I was drawn to his quiet charisma and charm. The fact he played the Blues was just a bonus. Today I celebrate his life and ask Creator to send his Family the healing energy and love that is needed at this time, and encourage you to join me and enjoy the sweet sounds of this gentle and truly gifted Man named, Johnnie Bassett.
Guitarist, singer and songwriter Johnnie Bassett grew up with blues music all around him in his native Florida. His unique ability to combine jump blues and Delta stylings gives his playing a distinctive sound. The self-taught guitarist recalls seeing Tampa Red, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup and other classic blues artists at fish fries in his grandmother's backyard.
In the 1960s, Bassett moved to Seattle, where he backed up Tina Turner, Little Willie John and others. Jimi Hendrix was a frequent guest at the bluesman's club gigs around Seattle. Before the decade ended, he moved back to Detroit, where he's been based ever since.
Johnnie Bassett...we are all humming the blues this day...You will be missed.
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