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Bassh brings its indie rock to Crossroads May 7

Bassh performs May 7 at Crossroads KC as part of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest.
Bassh performs May 7 at Crossroads KC as part of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest. From the artist

When it came time to make music for Bassh, their new side project, Jimmy Brown and CJ Hardee of the North Carolina band Matrimony went to Nashville to get some help from a well-known producer: Bill Reynolds, bassist for Band of Horses, who has done studio work for the Avett Brothers, Lissie and Sea Stars.

Last year the three got together in Reynolds’ Fleetwood Shack Studio in Nashville and started recording. One of the tracks they produced is “Body,” available on SoundCloud and YouTube. The song bears some BoH traits: It’s a breezy, melodic guitar-centric indie-rock anthem with a big singalong chorus — catchy and instantly accessible.

“An insidious pop treat, ‘Body’ is an excellent introduction to Bassh,” wrote Bruce Warren in a “Songs We Love” blog at NPR.com.

The band recently signed to Antler Records, an independent label in Los Angeles. Bassh expects to release its debut recording this year.

Bassh performs May 7 at Crossroads KC as part of Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest.

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A four-day pass is $80. A four-day VIP pass is $150. It includes preferred viewing at the Midland and Crossroads KC. A weekend pass is $65. A Wednesday/Thursday pass is $30. Single-day weekend passes are $35. Single-day weekend VIP packages are $75. Tickets are available at middleofthemapfest.com.

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