Mason Jennings and Band
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Mason Jennings started writing music when his six-year-old son saw an electric guitar ornament on the family Christmas tree and asked what it was. Since the late 1990s he's accumulated a songbag of consistently high quality, covering themes from personal to political to historical. A staple of outdoor festivals from the Midwest to California, Mason has toured with surfer-songwriter Jack Johnson and has recorded for his Brushfire label. His dozen-plus consistenly fine albums place his experiences of love and family against the geography of the place where he lives. Mason's latest, "Wild Dark Metal," is not the headbanger album the title might suggest but a fine showcase for the songwriter's instrumental skills on bass, electric and acoustic guitar, and organ. Americana songwriter Frankie Lee opens.
The creative folk singer was previously signed to Glacial Pace/Epic, the label created by Modest Mouse front man Isaac Brock, where he released 2006's "Boneclouds."
Tour partners in the early days with label owner Jack Johnson, Mason made life long fans of the label's co owners. "Mason has been a part of the extended Brushfire family since we began the label, and it is honor to finally put out one of his records. In my view, he is one of the best songwriters in the land," says co-founder Emmett Malloy. Jack also weighs in, "Every time I hear a Mason Jennings album it changes the way I see the world around me."
Mason Jennings is currently wrapping up work on his latest album due out in May 2008. European tour dates with Jack Johnson and G. Love and Special Sauce, and appearances at Bonnaroo and Hawaii's Kokua Festival have already been announced for 2008.
When asked about the signing, Mason said, "I am excited to be working with friends who share my vision of love, peace and hope."
For the first peek of one of the songs from Mason's upcoming album, take a look at an impromptu cover of Mason's "I Love You and Buddha Too", as Jack Johnson segues out of the title track of his new album, Sleep Through The Static in an exclusive clip on Jackjohnsonmusic.com and Brushfirerecords.com.