"I took the chance between the All Stars and Eliane Elias to sneak out in the constant, irritating drizzle to catch 15 minutes of the new local supergroup Steady Betty playing to a full crowd at the 1/2 Lounge on Church Street. I stood with another dozen or so folks outside, looking in the open window as a stellar group of Vermont musicians – including vocalists Kat Wright (of the Indomitable Soul Band) and Miriam Bernardo (Saturn People’s Sound Collective), bass player Caroline O’Connor (Vedora), guitarist Linda Bassick (Mellow Yellow) and drummer Jane Boxall (late of Doll Fight!) – ran through some cool rocksteady tunes. I wasn’t exactly in the best position to hear how it sounded, right behind Boxall’s drums, but it sounded pretty fun to me. I’ll definitely want to sit in front of the band next time."
“Another highlight of the weekend was catching local all-female all-star band Steady Betty (formerly Panty Town) at American Flatbread. And, yes, I realize the irony in wanting more jazz at the block party and then claiming a rocksteady band as a high point of the weekend. I think that actually says more about how good Steady Betty are than it is a critique of any jazz I saw. They are quickly rising among the ranks of my favorite local acts.”
“Finally, she has released a solo debut album, Tickle Belly. Clocking in at a scant seven songs and a brisk 22 minutes, the record is a short, sweet affair. But as the old showbiz axiom goes, it’s better to leave ’em wanting more. Bassick largely does just that, delivering a record long on sturdy songcraft and rock-solid performances and loaded with potential. Bassick is clearly capable of mixing it up and presenting her considerable songwriting charms under different stylistic guises.”
“Linda Bassick, another multi-instrumentalist with a chillingly beautiful voice, was also in the house to play some tunes and discourse with Taz and Shannon. Linda just released her first solo LP ‘Tickle Belly’ and, according to the singer-songwriter, the seven song set of deeply personal music has a lot of herself in it. the name “Tickle Belly” arose out of what Linda sees as “the same visceral feeling” we encounter when we hear good news, bad news, or get nervous. ”
“The flute interlude for that melody comes courtesy of Linda Bassick (Dusty Love), who switches to trombone on Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow” — inspiration for the combo’s moniker — and to guitar on other numbers. Flashbacks may be in order when she seems to channel Grace Slick on “White Rabbit,” the Jefferson Airplane exploration of consciousness expansion drawn from Alice’s mushroom-eating adventures in Wonderland.”
“The song that offers the greatest chance of sticking in your head for days, though, is "Going Down the Road." It's hard to reinvent an old chestnut like this, but Blue Fox shines it up nicely. Linda Bassick's voice is a nice counterpoint to Fox's male energy, and makes me wish she appeared more than once in these 18 tracks.”