- Published: Friday, 19 July 2013 21:23
- Written by Bluebird
Ray Mason has been writing songs and playing music both locally and nationally for decades. Supporting NRBQ, Marah, Marshall Crenshaw and other great artists, he is the strong foundation that maintains quality music in the Pioneer Valley and beyond. His band, The Lonesome Brothers, performs at the Iron Horse Music Hall regularly, but Ray can often be caught solo at local coffee shops and clubs. With always a smile, a story to share, and a vast catalog of original songs to play, if you see an announcement that Ray Mason will be playing in your area, take that quick turn to tuck into the venue and have a listen. Better yet, go out of your way to hear him play. Music history is not complete without an encounter with the mighty Silvertone.
We've reviewed Ray Mason's live show a few times on this website. Gracious and generous, his music crosses styles and generations, filling the room with clever lyrics and catchy hooks. You can read those reviews below.
Mr. Mason gave us the privilege of a live interview before his set at the Black Sheep Cafe in Amherst, MA this summer. With wit, craftmanship, a distinctive voice, and always a good rock and roll story to share, here is what the man and his Silvertone had to say to us this year:
What are your favorite Mason-isms?
"So far this is going very well ..."
"If I can make it to 80 and still play that Silvertone, then I think I'm gonna have something ..."
Have you heard the story of the Man and His Silvertone?
Highlighting the bands that Ray Mason was compared to, (Wilco, The Beatles, Marshall Crenshaw) had him turn it around to compliment the bands themselves. Ray Mason is a walking encyclopedia of music facts. Different from most people, though, he has played with so many bands, that he has lived the music across many decades.
Here's the story of Ray Mason's experience with the Yardbirds and his recount of Led Zeppelin at the Newport Jazz Fest:
(What say you now, Peter Grant?)
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