Real. Life. Music. That is what you will hear when you drop the proverbial needle on a Benny Bassett album. With an industry zig-zagging its way across the universe trying to determine how music can survive a global pandemic, Benny has held true to the themes that have sustained him this far. “I think that trends come and go, but if you always stay true to yourself, you will find your audience, and they will stick with you through anything that comes your way,” says Bassett. Over the past six years this philosophy has taken Benny across the world to entertain audiences across North America and Europe.
In his travels Benny has performed with Fitz & The Tantrums, Lifehouse, Third Eye Blind, Sister Hazel, and The Verve Pipe. This year will see Benny reach his 500,000th mile driven since going solo in 2016. His performances have reached festival stages, dive bars, breweries, and living rooms in 46 U.S. states, and seven different countries.
On April 8, 2022 Benny (formerly of Vintage Blue) is releasing a brand new EP titled, What You Believe. The new album is the third EP release for Benny, and first since his Sophomore effort, Words For Yesterday, which debuted in 2019. For the What You Believe sessions, Benny used skills he honed while recording with producers Jamie Candiloro (The Eagles, Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams) and the Alpine Red team of Kit Karlson and Chip Johnson (Tony Lucca, The Alternate Routes). The album is entirely the product of Benny’s playing and production.
“I have always prided myself on creating albums that have cohesive messaging and vision, but distinct sonic variety,” said Benny, “and for the first time, I can honestly say that every note and lyric are 100% mine.” This decision to undertake an entire album alone was born as much from choice as from circumstance, due to COVID. The result of quarantine and actual infection, the What You Believe EP covers some serious introspective ground.
“I started using the phrase Real Life Music, as a direct dichotomy to much of current industry trends,” says Benny. “When I write, I aim to dissect real events and emotions in a broad enough sense for people to apply to their struggles and real lives. After a year of focusing intensely on these songs, and being responsible for every note and every sound, I believe I achieved that goal.”
SOURCE: Official Bio
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