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Front Country + Martha Basset Band
August 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm1515
In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound bent on merging the musical past with the future. They fashioned their own take on roots music and indie folk, with a menagerie of musicians: a mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar, a guitarist trained in rock and world music, a bassist equally versed in jazz and newgrass, a violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky-tonk and electropop, and a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter with grit and soul. The result lies somewhere between indie folk and Americana, in a nether region they’ve come to embrace as their own
Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel shes singing directly to them. Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows. Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, The Goodbye Party, Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love. The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Marthas music as intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.
Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, Martha has opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet. Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease. Her band is rounded out by Sarah Howell (piano, percussion & vocals), Fiona Burdette (mandolin, cello & vocals), Alex McKinney (dobro), Russell Kelly (electric guitar), and Pat Lawrence (bass).