John-Alex Mason roots his music within a love of pre-War blues styles and his passionate shows weave poignant originals with interpretations of rare songs from America's past. "Time Will Come" Mason's third album was released in April 2004 and HIT #24 on the LIVING BLUES CHART FOR JULY 2004. The record features the playing of Bill Rich (Taj Mahal Trio) on Bass, Chris Stongal (Denver session drummer extraordinaire) on Drums, Jim Waddell ( Chris Daniels and The Kings) on Saxaphone and Organ, and Gerry Hundt (Nick Moss and the Flips Tops) on Harmonica. The album's 13 tunes feature 11 new tunes by Mason and covers of Blind Willie Johnson and Charlie Patton. Mason will again tour New England Solo in the Spring on each side of a Solo European tour in March 2004. Mason began his solo career in South Carolina and was quickly dubbed "Big John" by locals for his enormous stage presence and his "commanding Southern voice" as described by Blues Revue magazine. Dropping the moniker and moving back to his home state of Colorado, Mason recorded his debut album "Walking Tracks" and a second, "Mason & Hundt." Both feature enlivening originals where Mason "always turns in vocals as compelling as his playing (Blues Revue)" and covers of Robert Johnson, Elizabeth Cotten, Bukka White, Charlie Patton and Mississippi John Hurt, artists Mason sites as fundamental influences. In 2001 Mason won the esteemed Crossroads Acoustic Blues Competition at the Telluride Blues Festival and has been invited back each year since to perform and teach workshops. Recently fans of Jimmie Vaughn, John Mayall, Joan Osborne, Pat Green and Alana Davis have enjoyed Mason's tunes when he opened for those artists. Mason endorses John Pearse Strings and National Reso-Phonic Guitars and was recently featured in National's "Artists in Resonance" audio catalog.
released January 1, 2003
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