“When Bassett is playing music, a sort of focus occurs, akin to creating a love with others, and she feels inspired to make the most love possible within that intangible realm. She prefers the tempered restraint of the old jazz dogs, subscribing passionately to the less is more philosophy of the legendary jazz singers.”
– Go Triad Magazine
Hi There! My name is Martha Bassett. I’m a singer/songwriter/guitarist living and working in the piedmont region of NC, where I host The Martha Bassett Show. It’s a monthly musical variety show at the Reeves Theater in Elkin which features national, regional, and local musicians and also showcases my music and band. My programming is heavy on female artists. Collaboration always happens. We livestream every show on facebook and release portions of shows on TMBS Podcast.
I also have a monthly jazz residency at the Gas Hill Drinking Room at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem where I perform tunes from the Great American Songbook in a trio format.
On Wednesday nights I lead music at Roots Revival, an Americana worship service at Centenary UMC which explores the intersection of faith and secular music. I’m also a long-time scholar of the music of the Shakers.
To date I’ve made 11 records, the last 2 with my current 6-piece band. I play shows throughout the region and when I can, I tour and work nationally in all of these capacities. One of the most important things that I’ve learned from touring is that there’s no place like home. My music and my small successes are very much tied to the people who’ve supported my career for over 20 years. I’m a lucky woman.
The Martha Bassett Show
This project was supported by Duke Energy, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.