The ArtsCenter is excited to partner with The Martha Bassett Show in 2021 to bring you the finest in folk music! Tune in on the third Saturday of each month. Donations to support The ArtsCenter and The Martha Bassett Show are encouraged!
The Martha Bassett Show launched their 2020 season in February of last year with three amazing acts—Bill and the Belles, Abigail Dowd, and Snüzz. This old-time inspired radio show is recorded live at the Reeves Theater in Elkin, NC and is broadcast on 88.5 WFDD, live streamed to social media, and presented as a podcast. It features the music of national and regional artists along with the music of Martha Bassett.
Bill and the Belles hail from Tennessee and have captured the freewheeling, lighthearted approach to music that has endeared them to listeners of every generation. With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, the group puts its own spin on a golden era of music, specifically the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. They also host the PBS television show “Farm and Fun Time,” created in partnership with Radio Bristol.
Britt Harper Uzzell, AKA Snüzz (pronounced “Snooze” and allegedly named so “because of his sleepy persona”), started out in the Raleigh hardcore outfit “Resist” in 1984. Other Greensboro formations from the late ’80’s/early ’90’s included “Big Kids” with Jeff Carroll and “Pots and Pans” (later renamed “Snüzz”) with Ben Folds and Evan Olson. In 1990, Britt and Evan formed “Bus Stop” with Eddie Walker and Chuck Folds (Chuck Folds Five). Since then Snüzz has become one of the area’s most respected songwriters and producers with many great solo releases.
The Greensboro singer-songwriter Abigail Dowd prides herself on her stories. The ones we tell ourselves, the ones we tell others, the ones we make up, and the ones we live through. All these stories are our past and our present, our hopes and our fears, our sins and our salvation. They are who we are and for Abigail Dowd, they are more than who she is; they are what she does.