Joe Weaver, Alberta Adams, Johnny Bassett
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During the early 1960s Bassett appeared on the very first recording of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and, while briefly living in Seattle, periodically jammed with Jimi Handrix, and worked as back up to Tina Turner and Little Willie John. Other memorable credits include gigs with John Lee Hooker, Lowell Fulson, and Dinah Washington. After returning to Detroit in the late '60s, he began working with Michigan Heritage Awardee Little Sonny Willis and eventually formed what would be the first of his many Blues Insurgents. Johnnie has been honored with many Detroit music awards as well as the Detroit Blues Society Lifetime Achievement Award (1994). Today, Johnnie frequently tours the U.S. and Europe and has been recording albums recently with the Dutch Black Magic label.
At the 2003 Great Lakes Folk Festival, Johnnie Bassett is backed up by veteran musicians RJ Spangler (drums), Paul Carey (guitar), Ben Luttermoser (bass), Keith Kaminski (saxophone), and Martin Simmons (piano).
During the 2003 Folk Festival, look to see Johnnie Bassett performing as part of the Detroit Blues Revue with Alberta Adams and Joe Weaver.