You are never far from home, if you live on the road. For Benny Bassett, the California native now based out of New Mexico, the past four years have proven this sentiment. After a band split in 2015, Benny strapped on his road-tested Gibson, and headed out on the highways to bring his unique blend of soulful acoustic rock to anyone who would listen. 400,000 road miles later, Benny has proven that there is no fan too far, and no stage where his music cannot connect with the listener.
2019 saw Benny release his sophomore EP “Words For Yesterday” to international acclaim from as far away as Norway. Music from the EP found it’s way on to numerous Best of 2019 reviews, and the song “Down Below” was featured in an independent film called “Caffeine & Gasoline”, which won best documentary and best soundtrack at the MotoTematica Rome Motorcylce Film Festival. The past year also saw Benny undertake his most strenuous and daunting tour schedule to date, including a stretch of 6 straight months on the road, in over 40 U.S. States, and 9 countries in Europe and North America.
2020 will find Benny in a town near you, as he continues to spin the odometer, in search of that elusive powerful musical connection, but never far from home.
“Wholly alive and refreshing, Benny Bassett has produced an arresting collection of songs on this intensely textual EP that encompasses all the little moments in life making for one unforgettable record.” - Stars & Celebs.
“Words for Yesterday is an excellent piece of work for a master songwriter storyteller.” Short and Sweet NYC
“Words For Yesterday is a strong EP, rife with infectious streaming melodies, persuasive rhythms, and the yummy chafing tones of Benny Bassett.” Tattoo.com
“The Words For Yesterday EP has the wind of traveling in it's hair and the road under it's feet as it traverses six songs.” Rock the Body Electric
For troubadour Benny Bassett, 400,000 tour miles over the past 4+ years has solidified the axiom that home is never far, if you can find home on the road. Benny brings the songs from his critically-acclaimed EP “Words For Yesterday” to life, through his unique blend of soulful acoustic rock. 2019 saw Benny push the boundaries of his touring life, by playing in over 40 U.S. States, and 9 countries in Europe and North America. Benny will undoubtedly be near you soon, so don’t miss one of his performances in 2020!
Benny plays a Gibson J-45 Acoustic Guitar, D'Addario strings, uses a TC-Helicon Play Acoustic vocal harmonizer, and Mogami Cables. He travels with a Bose L1 PA Tower for personal amplification, and uses an E835 Sennheiser microphone.
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Goodbye … I’m sorry … I love you … there are a litany of phrases that pack an emotional punch in only a few short words. We use them all the time, in passing, and with varying degrees of sincerity. But as meaningful as these sentiments can be, there are also equal amounts of moments in life, where we watch our opportunity to say them pass. The moments play out like a Hollywood movie reel, in slow motion. A significant life event occurs, we lose a loved one, we fall in love, or we find ourselves out of control, and like a crescendo in a powerful symphony, our moment comes, but for whatever reason, the words are stuck in our throat. We miss our chance.
The second EP release from acoustic rocker Benny Bassett is a collection of variations on this theme, titled “Words for Yesterday”. Each song, presents a different scenario where the actor, maybe the artist himself, is lamenting the inability to say what needed to be said. Whether it is a fleeting chance at love in “From You”, or the gut-wrenching apology in “Window to Forever”, Bassett attempts to illuminate the process of recovering from inaction. “This record is about a collection of moments where we either wish we had taken the opportunity to act, or where we try to act, but the moment has passed, or the intended audience has moved on”, says Bassett. What he found through the time leading up to the creation of this album, is that “you start to doubt yourself, and your ability to live in the moment as a genuine being … you relive this quintessential life moment over and over, and try to chase down what you should have done. It can be self-defeating, depressing, and ultimately it can take a long time to realize your opportunity is gone.”
For two and half years, Benny has pursued the journey of a solo troubadour, logging over 200,000 miles, and close to 500 shows. While watching the odometer spin, behind the wheel of his tour SUV “Sally the Saturn”, Benny has had his fair share of missed opportunities, moments that escaped, and yes, mistakes. But that same pursuit, also brought him the inspiration for this collection of songs, which includes performances from Travis McNabb (Sugarland, Better Than Ezra) on drums, Kit Karlson (Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers) on keyboard, piano, organ, and Chip Johnson (Alternate Routes) on bass and guitar. The album was constructed, recorded, and produced by Karlson and Johnson at their studio in Gainesville, Virginia, called Alpine Red Studios.
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