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Willy Mason

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Willy Mason (born 21 November 1984) is an American singer-songwriter. He is the son of Jemima James and Michael Mason, both folk singers who, according to Mason, have influenced his music. When Mason was five, he and his family moved from New York to West Tisbury, Massachusetts on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. He attended West Tisbury Elementary School and Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, where he participated in several local bands such as Keep Thinking, Cultivation, and Slow Leslie. He later moved to New York City, playing mostly at open mic nights and small venues.

Mason’s popularity rose after musician Conor Oberst discovered his music backstage at a Bright Eyes show. Oberst would soon sign Mason to his new record label, Team Love and release his debut LP. Since then, he has toured with the likes of Radiohead, Death Cab For Cutie, Ben Kweller, and Unbusted, and played such venues as the Glastonbury Festival, South By Southwest, and the Offshore Ale House.

Mason’s debut album Where The Humans Eat, and singles (Oxygen and So Long), charted in the UK Singles Chart and Albums Chart in 2005. Mason went on to release The Ocean Gets Rough in 2007.

Willy’s new album, ‘Carry On’, was recorded over the course of 2011 in south London with producer Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand) and is released in December 2012.

“The album itself is about growing up and trying to find one’s place” Mason says. “I think of this record as the third and final chapter to a particular narrative that started with ‘Where the Humans Eat’”.

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  • SirCaptainK

    http://grooveshark.com/#!/chuckago/broadcast

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • henriiquecrvg

    Manda muito bem mlk, atualmente é um dos meus preferidos.

    10 Dec 2012 Reply
  • lukeyg

    New song "Restless Fugitive" on his website

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • hjadkhasdfjsajf

    :)

    9 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Aero26

    That song by Lianne brought me here. :)

    8 Feb 2012 Reply
  • joelstinton

    not sure if people are aware of this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBCt5nfsZ30 he features in a song by lianne la havas.

    23 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Wolf616

    Brilliant performance at The Glee Club in Oxford on Wednesday - highly recommend anyone who hasn't done so already to get tickets for his current tour, you won't regret it!

    2 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Mente_Vibrante

    The right singer at the right time.

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • RatBatSpider

    Isobel Campbell and Willy Mason stop by Amoeba Music Hollywood for an intimate Green Room Session. Check out their performance: http://www.amoeba.com/live-shows/videos/isobel-campbell.html

    3 Aug 2011 Reply
  • sunnystream

    He has a voice of a folk veteran, and yet so young. Keep rocking Willy!

    25 Feb 2011 Reply
  • birdgirl

    Was it a one man show, just Willy and the guitar? Or did he have other people playing with him? Oh I do wish I hadn't missed that.

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • birdgirl

    @jessalove You're kidding! He was in York and I missed it, nnnnnnooooooo! I've been checking his myspace and didnt see any info on the 'UK tour', just his supporting gigs which all seemed too far away. Gutted!!!!!

    12 Jan 2011 Reply
  • OFF_ka

    new EP is so beautiful, we love You Willy! please visit Europe!

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • geekroick

    I've uploaded MP3s of Willy's performance in Hamburg last month if you'd like to take a listen: http://localgod.tumblr.com/post/1343547956

    23 Oct 2010 Reply
  • jessalove

    Saw Willy play last night in a small church in York. Incredible. A thoroughly nice guy as well :)

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • GretePooh

    Hey, this guy is quite cool! Saw him as a support for Lanegen/Campbell gig in Hamburg. He looks like something between cowboy and teddy bear :). Cute. I like his new EP So Long Baby Shoes.

    24 Sep 2010 Reply
  • manontheroof

    does anyone have spare tickets for sale for bristol tomorrow night? thanks.

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • oechoo

    "If there's any chance some crazy fool would like to sell their ticket for London gig, I'd be more than willing to take them off your hands!" X2

    20 Sep 2010 Reply
  • poormallard

    If there's any chance some crazy fool would like to sell their ticket for London gig, I'd be more than willing to take them off your hands!

    16 Sep 2010 Reply
  • simple_epitaph

    Saw Willy on Monday at the Glee Club in Birmingham and was lucky enough to be on the front row for this special event. What a wonderful man.

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
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