He is responsible for much ground-breaking research (much done with folklorist Peter B. Lowry) over the decades.
A former secondary school geography teacher, Bastin holds a Master's degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the author of two books on the Piedmont Blues, Crying for the Carolines and Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast, as well as a biography of music publisher Joe Davis, Never Sell a Copyright. He has written articles for many music journals and books over the decades, plus liner note essays for LPs and CDs, not all dealing with the South Eastern blues style.
Bruce Bastin is also the managing director of Interstate Music, Ltd., West Sussex, England, with its labels:
Bastin, Bruce "Truckin' My Blues Away - East Coast Piedmont Styles" in Lawrence Cohn, ed. (1993). Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.), pp. 205 – 231. ISBN 1-55859-271-7.