Mason Jennings was born on the island of Oahu the year Physical Graffiti was released. The Vietnam war was just ending. His mom was a lingerie buyer and his Dad was 6'3.
After the war the family moved to Pennsylvania and Mason grew up where Deerhunter was filmed. He met Mean Joe Green and dropped out of High School to travel the world.
The first time Mason rolled through Minneapolis he felt at home. He stayed, was put in jail when police thought he was a male prostitute, got a band and began playing shows anywhere there was a microphone. Before long they painted a star on the side of First Avenue with his name on it (right above an air duct where you can barely see it.)
He began to tour the country with his band playing shows and selling his homemade CD's out of the back of his van. After a while the CDs began reaching the ears and hearts of other musicians and Mason began opening shows for more established artists like Modest Mouse and Jack Johnson. Before long he had sold over 100,000 copies of his records and was selling out headlining shows of his own all over the country.
He signed with Brushfire Records in Early 2008 and is excited to be working with friends that share his vision of love, peace and hope.
His new album, which has yet to be titled, will be released this May.
Live On Stage:
Mason Jennings seems to be your typical guy with a guitar singer-songwriter - the kind that has been all the rage over the last few years. He's been kicking around for some time now, and recently signed to Jack Johnson's Brushfire label who will put his new album In Ether this May. Not a heck of a lot of great live footage out there, but here he is with "Jackson Square"...
Finally an artist with some live shows to download, grab a couple...
2007-02-27 - Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON
2005-02-15 - The Parish - Austin, TX
I'll be honest this song kind of sounds like something you'd hear on an episode of Grey's Anatomy- it's just got that soundtrackiness to it. Here's "Be Here Now"...
See what I mean. If Mason's name is ringing a bell for you it may be because he also a contributor to last year's stellar I'm Not There soundtrack where he tackled The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll and The Times They Are A Changin'.
For more on Mason head mosey on over to his official website.