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Encyclopedia > Willy Mason
Willy Mason

Background information
Born November 21, 1984 (1984-11-21) (age 22)
Flag of United States New York, USA
Genre(s) Folk
Years active 2004 – present
Label(s) Astralwerks
Virgin Records
(outside North America)
Website Willy-Mason.com

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 Willy - 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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... NY redirects here. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... “Folk song” redirects here. ... See also: 2004 in music (UK) other events of 2004 list of years in music 2000s in music // January 1 Vienna New Years Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna, conducted by Riccardo Muti Kurt Nilsen wins World Idol January 3 - Britney Spears marries Jason Allen Alexander, a... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Astralwerks is an New York based record label which releases primarily electronic music. ... Virgin Records is a British recording label founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ... November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the people. ... NY redirects here. ... West Tisbury is a town located on Marthas Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,467. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... Marthas Vineyard Regional High School is the one of the two public schools in Oak Bluffs on the island of Marthas Vineyard, Massachusetts, United States. ... Slow Leslie was a Marthas Vineyard based alternative rock group that was one of Willy Masons last projects before pursuing his solo career and finding the success he enjoys today. ...


Mason's popularity rose after Sean Foley, associate of musician Conor Oberst, discovered his music on a local Martha's Vineyard Radio broadcast. 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 Death Cab for Cutie, Ben Kweller, Unbusted, and Radiohead and played such venues as the Glastonbury Festival, South by Southwest, and the Offshore Ale House. Conor Oberst in 7th grade. ... Team Love is a New York City-based independent record label founded by Conor Oberst and Nate Krenkel in 2003. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Ben Kweller (born in San Francisco, California on June 16, 1981) is an American rock musician. ... Unbusted is a 3-piece rock band from Marthas Vineyard, MA expected to release their debut album You Are Young in the fall of 2006. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury Festival or Glasto, is the largest [1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... Downtown Austin, Texas, where SXSW is held each spring Bloc Party performing at Stubbs BBQ in 2007 Carrie Rodriguez, a SXSW 2007 performer Morrissey at SXSW 2006 South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of interactive, film, and music festivals and conferences that have taken place every spring in...


His first commercial release was a five-track EP, known as the "G-Ma's Basement EP". This included solo acoustic recordings of "Live It Up", "Hard Hand to Hold", "Waiter at the Station", "Not Lie Down" and "Oxygen". The CD was sold during 2004 live appearances and on the internet.


In the summer months of 2004 Willy and his brother Sam travelled to Old Soul Studios in the Catskills, New York to record the debut album Where the Humans Eat. Recording sessions were mostly live, in no more than three takes, featuring Willy's guitar and vocals, and Sam on the drums. Minimal overdubs of guitar, bass and other instruments were added later. The album was released on Conor Oberst's Team Love label in the USA in October 2004, and by Virgin Records in the UK in February 2005. Where the Humans Eat and its singles ("Oxygen" and "So Long"), charted in the UK Singles Chart and Albums Chart in 2005. Catskill State Park as seen from Overlook Mountian The Catskill Mountains are an extension of the Appalachian Mountains into New York State. ... NY redirects here. ... WHERE THE HUMANS EAT Featuring in just about every up and coming poll at the end of 2004, Willy Mason is shaping up to be the sleeper crossover of 2005. ... Conor Oberst in 7th grade. ... WHERE THE HUMANS EAT Featuring in just about every up and coming poll at the end of 2004, Willy Mason is shaping up to be the sleeper crossover of 2005. ... The UK Singles Chart is currently compiled by The Official UK Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the British record industry. ... The UK Albums Chart is a chart of the sales positions of albums in the United Kingdom. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2004, he toured the United States, driving and sleeping in a diesel-powered camper van. In November of that year, it broke down in Death Valley. He paid a local mechanic $1500 to repair the van and flew to England for some scheduled tour dates. Upon his return he found the mechanic's garage locked up and the mechanic himself long gone. The van was tracked down to a street parking space a couple of blocks away, missing most of its key components, including the radiator. The engine block itself was sitting on the sidewalk. In an April 26th, 2006 radio session, Willy says he is hoping to invest in a 15-passenger school bus. Death Valley is a valley in the U.S. state of California, and is the location of the lowest elevation in North America at -282 feet (-86 meters). ...


After many live appearances throughout 2004 and 2005, culminating with a performance at the Glastonbury Festival, Willy took some time off and returned to the family home in Martha's Vineyard. He began writing new songs and put a band together, featuring Nina Violet on viola and backing vocals, and Zak Borden on mandolin. In the spring of 2006, he began touring the USA and Europe with Nina and Zak, amongst other musicians. So far this year he has supported Beth Orton, KT Tunstall, Radiohead, and Sondre Lerche. The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury Festival or Glasto, is the largest [1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ... Map of Marthas Vineyard. ... The viola (in French, alto; in German Bratsche) is a string instrument played with a bow. ... A mandolin is a small, stringed musical instrument which is plucked, strummed or a combination of both. ... Elizabeth Caroline Orton,[1] commonly known as Beth Orton, (born December 14, 1970), is a Brit Award–winning English singer-songwriter. ... Kate KT Tunstall (born June 23, 1975) is a Grammy nominated, BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter from St Andrews, Scotland. ... Radiohead are an English alternative rock band formed in Oxfordshire in 1986. ... Sondre Lerche (IPA: ) (born September 5, 1982, in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who plays music in a folk/pop style. ...


Willy released his second album, If the Ocean Gets Rough, in March 2007. Willy provided vocals the track Battle Scars on The Chemical Brothers album We Are the Night. If the Ocean Gets Rough is the second album by American singer-songwriter Willy Mason, which was released in the UK on March 5th, 2007. ... March is the third month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... We Are the Night is the sixth album by British electronica group The Chemical Brothers, scheduled for release for June 18th,2007. ...

Contents

Discography

Albums

WHERE THE HUMANS EAT Featuring in just about every up and coming poll at the end of 2004, Willy Mason is shaping up to be the sleeper crossover of 2005. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... If the Ocean Gets Rough is the second album by American singer-songwriter Willy Mason, which was released in the UK on March 5th, 2007. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (65th in leap years). ... // January George Shearing is knighted for services to music in the Queens New Year Honours List. ...

EPs

  • Untitled (G-Ma's Basement) EP (2004) (UK and USA)
  • Hard Hand to Hold EP (2004) (UK only)
  • Hard to Lie Down EP (2005) (UK only)

Live It Up Hard Hand To Hold Waiter At The Station Not Lie Down Oxygen Taken from the inside cover of the E.Ps sleeve Live It Up - was written in Saturday school sophomore year. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Singles

2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... Rosanne Cash from the back cover of Rhythm & Romance (1985). ... Kate KT Tunstall (born June 23, 1975) is a Grammy nominated, BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter from St Andrews, Scotland. ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

External links

  • Willy Mason's Official website
  • Willy Mason's Official UK Fansite
  • Real Audio interview at BBC Wiltshire
  • A great acoustic session for Vox podcast
  • Willy Mason live in session on KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic, 26 April 2006
  • Willy Mason at MySpace
  • Blogothèque Interview: August 2004
  • Lazy-i Interview: December 2004
  • Willy Mason interview at The Beaver, 6 February 2007

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SAHC The South Atlantic Humanities Center (4989 words)
If interested please contact Patrick Mason of the Univ. of Notre Dame at pmason1@nd.edu or (574) 631-4371.
THE IRISH IN THE ATLANTIC WORLD: The Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World (CLAW) at the College of Charleston seeks papers on the Irish in the Atlantic World.
to Jennifer Lansbury, Dept. of History and Art History, George Mason University, MSN3G1, 4400 Univ. Blvd., Fairfax, Virginia, 22030 or e-mail jlandbur@gmu.edu by Oct15.
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