PhotosĖWilly Mason at the Media Club, Vancouver, Jan 25 2013
– text¬†and photos by Christine Redmond
Like many talented, young, singer-songwriters, Mason has been compared to all the greats that came before him. Sure, he dresses like Johnny Cash (white shirt and slicked-back hair) and has a voice sometimes reminiscent of Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan, but after eight years on the road and three albums, Mason is rightfully in a league of his own.
He penned his first album Where Humans Eat¬†(2004, Team Love Records) as a teenager in Massachusetts. By 2005 his single Oxygen was a UK chart-topping hit. In 2007 Mason released his second album If the Ocean Gets Rough and in December 2012 Mason released his latest,¬†Carry On.
On Friday night at the Media Club, Mason opened with the oldie “Gotta Keep Moving”.¬†The crowd was modest and mellow and hung on the singer’s every word. Violet joined him onstage to play viola on new¬†songs such as “If It’s the End”, which were well received by a crowd who seemed to know the lyrics, much to Mason’s surprise. In fact Mason didn’t even realize his new album had already been released in Canada.
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