Born in Seattle 1996, The Jim Basnight Thing may be less than a year old, but it's members have extensive and unique musical backgrounds. The band, fronted by Jim Basnight (vocals and 12-string guitar), includes trumpeter Jim Knodle, violinist Jeff Sick, bassist Mike Rollins, and percussionist Dave Christianson. These accomplished musicians form a versatile ensemble combining jazz, blues, hillbilly and acoustic rock flavors in some of the finest pop songs around. Basnight's career has received acclaim from critics all over the world starting with The Moberlys in the '80s up to The Rockinghams in the '9Os and solo throughout. His music has been released in the U.S. and Canada as well as Germany, Spain, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Japan. Publications such as The Rolling Stone Record Guide, The L.A. Times, The L.A. Weekly, Billboard (to name just a few) have praised his talent.
Jim made numerous Top 10 lists and Best of the Year lists. He recently composed a rock and roll musical, "Little Rock," which has had a long and successful run in Seattle and Pittsburgh. "Little Rock" received an award from The Seattle Times as 1995 best of the year in theatre. In 1996, Goldmine Magazine named Jim's compilation album, "Retro," one of the Top 50 Power Pop albums of all time.
Jim has performed at numerous venues with artists including The Ramones, The Band, The Police, R.E.M., Billy Idol, The Smithereens, The Young Fresh Fellows, The Bodeans, Johnny Rivers, Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, Violent Femmes, Eric Burdon, The Turtles and The Plimsouls.
Jim recently scored a television show for PBS ("You're Hired . . . Now What?") which aired nationally in November and December 1996. He also recorded a song called "Lattes" (a poke at the coffee craze) which will appear on the forthcoming Starbucks album "Songs About Coffee."
The Jim Basnight Thing have completed their first album which is scheduled for release July 29, 1997 on Band Together Records. Two songs from the album, "Mexico" and "No More War," are featured in the film "Friendly Fire," directed by American Film Institute Award winner Christy Davis, which is currently being previewed in Los Angeles.
THE JIM BASNIGHT THING