Written by: Emily Ford

“Don’t Get it Twisted, Music is My Ammunition.”-Gracie Bassie Kruse

This Friday, if you’re looking for a heavy bass dub reggae dance party, look no further than Cervante’s Otherside for “Rastasauras,” featuring Jamaica-based, Colorado native, Gracie Bassie, for music so good it will have you feeling irie long after the night is over. Armed with her handcrafted M16 bass, (made by Jamaican bass doctor, Dave Anthony McDonald) Bassie gracefully executes her feel-good Jamaic-rado reggae sound piercing the soul and leaving you with that “Ouch my face hurts from smiling” kind of feeling.

Getting her start in her hometown of Durango, she has long been moved by the reggae culture and music by surrounding herself with inspiring influences that have helped her to become the confident, bass-playing babe she is today. In 2007, Gracie bought her first bass and from there she formed local band A-Dub Rock Band, opening up for acts such as the mighty Diamonds and Sister Carol. Soon after, she was performing at Reggae on the River with Marlon Asher and getting a personal phone call from musical idol Anthony B asking for “The Bassie”. These experiences have helped her to cultivate a talent that is an undeniable and powerful force which cannot be ignored.

Gracie’s sound is a perfectly-blended mix consisting of classic old school dub tributes and her own original soon-to-be released songs with a few surprises thrown in for your listening pleasure. Find her music on YouTube and sneak peaks on Instagram. Check out her Q&A below:

What/Who inspired you to pursue a path of reggae bass?
Before I even started playing any instruments, reggae was in my life. From my Dad traveling to Jamaica and bringing back reggae music to local reggae concerts every Friday in Durango. I was a reggae maniac, I went to shows all over the nation. But, my brother Cuatro, (who will be playing on Friday night in Gracie’s band) was the person who inspired me to actually play. I started out on the guitar but I always played it like a bass. When I was 18, I bought an amp and a bass and was walking down the street in a blizzard and met producer/bass player Lincoln Jarrett from Jamaica and he took me under his wing. He not only taught me how to play hardcore reggae bass but also about the culture and the food and maintaining a positive mentality, rastafari livity.

How would you describe your music?
It’s definitely “me”. I can’t categorize it specifically but it’s old rootsy, dub, instrumental, heavy bass, reggae rhythms but with my voice. I like to put really weird sounds in there. I’ll put my mic out the window and just record nature and use the raw samples.

Do you get pre-show jitters?
Sometimes but I like it. I feed off of it. It’s nice to go totally into myself. That’s my favorite time, right when I’m about to go on stage. I love it.

What has been your greatest moment in music to date?
There’s so many but, I will never forget the feeling of Anthony B calling me out of the blue and asking me to play with him. He brought me to Jamaica, Europe and South America, all over the world.

What can your fans expect to look forward to? What’s next for Gracie Bassie?
Next, is my solo music finally being released that I’ve been working on for years while I’ve been on the road playing for other people. My songs. My music. I think the two major universal problems going on are people living in fear (worry/stress) and people not loving themselves, resulting in not loving others. Hence the two singles and video soon to release titled, “I Don’t Worry” and “Love Yourself” written and recorded in Kingston, Jamaica 2016. I composed the music and I played almost all of the instruments on the recordings. I also just collaborated with some producers from Brazil on a song called “People Pleaser” so watch out for that!

What do you like to do in your free time besides music?
I really like nature and the outdoors. I’m a country girl, like to farm. I live between the Jamaican countryside and visiting Colorado, working hard creating, so I like to ski but I also like the ocean and swimming. I blow glass, I sew and design clothing, painting, healthy cooking, pretty much anything creative. Once I get music established I’d like to bring my other creations into the mix.

What’s been your greatest tool in life/music?
Reggae music and ganja saved my life! I could have gone down a path of drinking and partying but I didn’t. The music and the weed made me face myself, it still does.

Don’t miss Gracie Bassie at Cervantes’ Other Side, Friday 3/31. Tickets. Giveaway.