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An Intimate Unplugged Evening Featuring Rock N Roll Hall of Famer and Founding Member of Traffic Dave Mason Biography
At age 18, the Worcester England native teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood to form the legendary band Traffic whose profound influence over rock music, and generations of fans remains unquestioned even today.
At 19, Mason penned the song ‘Feelin' Alright’ which was first recorded by Traffic and has since become a global anthem; recorded by dozens of artists since, including Joe Cocker who had a major international hit with the song in 1969. It is still a high point of his live show today.
After extensive touring throughout the UK and Europe, Mason departed Traffic after their second album and headed for the USA to pursue a solo career. From there he struck international gold with his debut album ‘Alone Together’; which is considered a seminal rock classic. It’s known for the marbleize vinyl, vertical gatefold packaging, the hits ‘Only You Know And I Know’ ‘World In Changes’, ‘Shouldn’t Have Took More Than you Gave’ and more. The album has sold millions of copies over the years.
Followed by five highly successful albums (CBS/Sony) including ‘Dave Mason’ and ‘Mariposa De Oro’, four of which received gold albums in the US, his next album ‘Let It Flow’ has sold millions of copies over the years and contained another major Mason classic "We Just Disagree".
In addition to performing to sold-out audiences and being a permanent staple in record collections and hearts of fans around the world, Mason’s unique guitar work (though not widely known), can be heard on many landmark albums and songs such as the Rolling Stones' ‘Beggar’s Banquet’, George Harrison's ‘All Things Must Pass’, Paul McCartney's ‘Listen To What The Man Said’ and Jimi Hendrix's "Electric Ladyland". Hendrix’s major rock standard ‘All Along The Watchtower’ features Dave playing the acoustic guitars before Hendrix’s soaring entrance onto the track. It’s a big favorite of Dave's and it’s performed in nearly every on of his live shows.
His work and career remain linked with numerous other members of rock and roll elite, including Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Jim Capaldi, Mama Cass Elliot, and The Spencer Davis.
Dave Mason's career thrives and spans several important rock eras; encompassed producing, performing and song writing, as well as being one of rock's most respected guitar players. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Traffic, and is an important figure in music.
Dave tours regularly and is currently performing a special Unplugged show through June. Joining his ensemble is Jonathan McEuen, son of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen.
Suzzanne Paris Biography
Suzzanne Paris is an award-winning, grammy entered singer/songwriter/guitarist who has worked with many artists such as Dave Mason (Traffic), Michael Bolton, Jeffrey "Skunk" Baxter (steely Dan), Kenny Edwards, Rick Roberts (Firefall), Stephen Stills, Mikal Blue (Colbie Calliat), and many more. Her lastest EP "Off like a Prom Dress" is an acoustic sound lined with sultry pop and recorded "live" in the living room of Rock and Roll hall of fame inductee Dave Mason. The EP includes songs by Suzzanne, Dave Mason, David Holster, and Jason Perrin.