Naked is Steve Baskin's second full length album, and its themes run all over the place – love; love gone bad; running; the stress of the office; the Zen of the river; runaways; prostitution; and death.
Not Lame Records rated Steve's debut record, I Sometimes Think, as Highly Recommended. But the Valdosta Daily Times contended that his 2009 follow up, Naked, was “both more raw in its emotional impact while more refined in its musicianship and production. This second CD maintains a pop quality. And with all of Steve's records, there's a southern fried flare to the sound.
Steve wrote all but a few of these songs himself. He wrote My Empty House with Nashville studio cat and old band mate, Rich Herring; he wrote Something Smells Fishy with North Carolina native, Tracy Brown; and I Think I Love You was written by Tony Romeo for The Partridge Family.
Steve's incredibly talented band played on all of Naked's songs. Richard "Zoot" Blasingame played keyboards, organ, Grandma's accordion, bari sax and sang backup; Brian Hudson played drums and did all of the banging on things on the record; Joe Randolph played bass and Alex Slinin handled the electric and lead guitar work. Steve handled the lead vocals, some of the backup alongs with acoustic, electric and a bit of the lead guitar work.
Steve also got great sessions from Pamela Bishop who sang on Please Don't Leave, My Empty House and I Think I Love You; Ruben Harris playing cello on Naked and Lie; Michael McKenzie doing the trumpet work on My Empty House; and Mark Van Allen (Sugarland) playing pedal steel on Float on Down.
Naked was recorded by Steve at his Underground Studio and by Jonathan Beckner at Real to Reel Studio. Glenn Matullo did the mixing and production at Orphan Studio. And Colin Leonard mastered the record at Glenn Schick Mastering.