Desiree And Her Band,
The Time Machine,
Packed The House
Dec. 28 @ Mohegan Sun
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ICEMAN JOHN SCULLY
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Teen Rocker Phenom
Desiree Bassett & The Time Machine
Gaby v. Iceman, Set 2
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Young guitarist plays with 'power and force'
By KELLY-ANN FRANKLIN
Posted Dec 23, 2009 @ 11:30 PM
Last update Dec 24, 2009 @ 07:54 AM
In many ways, Desiree Apolonio Bassett is a typical 17 year old.
The Ashford teen enjoys spending time with friends, dirt biking in the warmer, drier weather and will be graduating from Edwin O. Smith High School in Storrs in June.
But that’s where it ends.
Bassett owns 15 guitars — one of which has been signed by Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Michael Anthony, formerly of Van Halen — but it’s what she can do with them that’s impressed these and other musicians.
Citing influences such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Satriani, Triumph, Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers, Jefferson Starship, Santana and Dickey Betts, Bassett has been shredding the music scene for some time now with a classic rock sound and an effortless ability to pull virtually any sound she wants out of a guitar.
Desiree and The Time Machine will take the stage for a free show at 7 p.m. Monday at the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun.
“It will be three sets, and about three and a half hours worth of music,” Bassett said of Monday’s show. “It’s to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. We’ll play some covers (including) Jimi Hendrix and Joe Satriani, as well as some original music.”
Bassett, who writes, sings, plays bass, drums, keyboard and, of course, the guitar, has been featured in Guitar Player magazine, Hartford Magazine, CD Baby and a host of other media. She has studied music at the University of Connecticut Music School and has applied to Berklee College of Music. Bassett has also played at the California NAMM show in 2006 and 2007 with the band Living Colour, and appeared on stage with Hagar, Kal David, Andy Aledort, members of The Allman Brothers Band and The Marshall Tucker Band.
“It can be kind of intimidating out there,” Bassett said of performing with older fans listening. “But (the band members) are willing to support me and how I want to do things.”
Her band, Desiree and The Time Machine, is Robert Gottfried and Robert Laramie. Laramie, said her father and manager Dan Bassett, “is the best bass player in Connecticut, he’s very sought after.”
“They are phenomenal,” Dan Bassett said of Gottfried and Laramie. “So it’s not like we just stuck her out there all alone. They’re both in their late 50s, so that’s about 100 years of experience playing behind her.”
Desiree and The Time Machine released its 12-song album, Power & Force, Sept. 13, 2008, at Capitol Theater in Willimantic. Power & Force II came shortly after with two fewer songs but the same fiery guitar-playing by Bassett on “Fretboards on Fire” and the title track “Power & Force.”
According to Dan Bassett, Desiree and The Time Machine is set to release its third album some time in the spring. Her albums are produced by Phil Magnotti of Silver Mine Studios, a three-time Grammy winner, and Buck Brundage of Couch Creative Services.
On Power & Force II, Desiree sings on just three of the 10 songs — “Another Day,” “Never Back Down” and “Love Her.”
According to Bassett, the new album will have 13 songs with all original material.
“Some of them I wrote when I was 10,” Bassett said. “About half of them will be songs with lyrics. With the new disc, I’m trying to aim for something different.”