The Martha Bassett Show is recorded live at the historic Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC. This weekly one-hour music program blends the fabric of the national roots and Americana scene with the rich artistry, history, and flair of North Carolinaâ€™s Piedmont region. Helmed by one of the stateâ€™s most distinguished musicians, the show features national artists, fresh local faces, and the music of Martha Bassett. Each show is a collaboration in song and conversation between Martha, her band, and the guests. It's good music for good people!
Jill Andrews / Rod Abernethy / Thrift & McCumber – Live at the Reeves
Jill Andrews visited the show on March 7, 2020 along with Rod Abernethy and Joe Thrift & Russell McCumber. Jill shared some songs in advance from her then new album “Thirties” and chats with Martha about the accompanying book, motherhood, and recently getting married. Rod joins in with some amazing guitar features and a beautiful song for his father. Martha shares a Blaze Foley song and we rounded out the night with Thrift & McCumber playing some good old-time music.
Matty Sheets / Chance McCoy – Live at the Reeves
This show from October 2, 2020 was the fourth in our Streaming Series, due to Covid, and we featured two incredible songwriters. Chance McCoy (Old Crow Medicine Show) shared some great new songs and filled us in on his recent work in film both as an actor and composer. Matty Sheets hails from Greensboro and has been a pillar of the NC scene for years. He brought along Ben Singer and Laura Jane Vincent for the fun and also premiered a beautiful new song, “Hit the Road.”
Bill and the Belles / Snüzz / Abigail Dowd – Live at the Reeves
TMBS kicked off Season 3 in big fashion with the delightfully nostalgic sounds of Bill and the Belles. They also host the PBS television show Fam and Fun Time! We also welcomed singer-songwriter Abigail Dowd along with her husband Jason Duff to the show. North Carolina icon Snüzz joined in also to add his beautifully crafted pop gems to the evening. And to top it off, Martha premiered her new setting of “A Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns.
Sonny Miles / John Howie Jr. – Live at the Reeves
The Martha Bassett Show welcomes John Howie Jr. and Sonny Miles to the Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC. John brought along some of his poignant and heartbreaking country songs and Sonny got the house dancing with his signature soulful sound. Martha and the band jump in as usual and Martha does a beautiful version of “Cry Me River” which features Rex McGee on fiddle. Rex also performs a piece from his legendary album “24 Creations for Solo Banjo.”
Amythyst Kiah / Riley Baugus / Thrift & McCumber – Live at the Reeves
Amythyst Kiah visited the show on September 1, 2018 along with Riley Baugus and Joe Thrift & Russell McCumber. We knew Amythyst had a powerhouse voice but we were still amazed to stand alongside her. Riley Baugus is an old-time fixture around these parts but is also known for his work on the movie “Cold Mountain” and for working with Willie Nelson. He also makes banjos, so with the inclusion of fiddle makers Thrift & McCumber on this one we had a lot to talk about.
Momma Molasses / Jon Shain – Live at the Reeves
This show from September 3, 2020 was the second in our Streaming Series, due to Covid, and we featured two wonderful songwriters. Ella Patrick, aka Momma Molasses visited from Bristol, TN and shared some of her classic country sounds. The music of North Carolina blues troubadour Jon Shain rounded out the night, and he also chatted with Martha about winning the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.
An enjoyable listen. Looking forward to your next show.
I had never heard any of the artists featured on the Martha Bassett podcast before, but they are stupidly talented. I have loved all of them so far! If you’re open to different types of music and great storytelling artists, you’ll love this.
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I have really enjoyed the shows at the Reeves Theater and these podcasts. Martha has assembled an incredible band to back her. Her guests, both local and national, are extraordinary. Definitely one of the best things going in our area. There are always a few surprises thanks to the genius of Mr. Pat Lawrence.
Update: My dog Kate usually grunts when I play tv or music. After all a princess loves her quiet time. On episode 2 she was lying with her head in my lap, wagging her tail against the sofa, and keeping the beat on a Rex McGee fiddle tune. Friends, that’s an endorsement!!