Garrett Mason Band
Calgary Bluesfest (2007)
Damn' Right, He's Got the Blues
Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by music and especially blues music, Garrett’s favorite tapes at 3 years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich. His list of influences is long indeed and topping that list are blues legends Albert Collins and Albert King. What really sealed the deal for Garrett to become a blues guitarist came after watching a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn “Live At the El Mocambo” - he was hooked.
His dad, Dutch Mason, stopped playing guitar before Garrett was born due to crippling arthritis in his hands. Although he was not able to teach his son to play, he has certainly been able to teach Garrett the structure of the Blues and to influence him about the resulting sound. Surrounded by his father’s peers, Garrett has had the benefit of hearing and learning from a wide variety of musical talent. The late Rick Jeffery was a great inspiration to Garrett; they would talk and play for hours together. Rick once said “Garrett is the only guitar player I know that can play Albert Collins’ style down to a T”. The combination of his father’s advice, Jeffery’s guidance and his own natural talents provide that special brew for Garrett to become the musical influence he is destined to be.
Garrett would be the first to tell you that riding the coat tails of others won’t take you very far in this business, but striving to be truly original is the secret to longevity and lasting success. Garrett launched his debut CD, I’m Just a Man, at the 2004 Harvest Jazz and Blues festival in Fredericton, NB, to a sold out crowd. This debut CD features Garrett’s talent for strong original songs, a voice that is reminiscent of a veteran performer and his extraordinary aptitude for playing electric guitar. Accompany Garrett on this project are his band made up of Noel Taussig (bassist) and Ainsley Jardine (drums), as well as Joe Murphy (harmonica), Bill Stevens (piano), Gary Potts (drums) and Carter Chaplin on the instrumental, conversation (guitar).
When you give this CD a listen, you will surely agree that at the young age of 23 Garrett Mason is poised to be one of the brightest stars to emerge from the East Coast Blues scene in years.
2005 : What a year for Garrett Mason who came out of nowhere and won a JUNO for « Best blues CD Of The Year » and « Best New Artist » at the Maple Blues Awards including 5 nominations. He had a great festival season in Ontario, Quebec & the Maritimes and is looking forward to expanding into new territories for 2006. Already in the works are festivals in the US and France.