Blue Monday

The first time I heard Johnnie Bassett, I thought I was listening to a B.B. King outtake: borderline cheesy spoken-word intro, check; smooth singing and easygoing pace, check; guitar lines with enough sting to keep things interesting, check. His recent album The Gentleman is Back is distinctive enough to escape B.B.’s capacious shadow, especially on mildly smutty numbers like “Nice Guys Finish Last,” about being properly attentive to your partner’s needs. If your tastes run in King’s direction, Bassett might just be your cup of tea.

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