Five years in the making, Carry On finds Willy Mason at the peak of his powers, being heralded by fans and critics alike as producing his best work to date. Touring and collaborating in 2012 with a new wave of folk influenced artists like Mumford & Sons and Ben Howard, Mason’s inimitable gravel deep vocal delivery and unique rhythmic sound has resonated with a new audience as well as more than satisfying his loyal fan base who have followed Masons ascent from the progressive sound of his 2004 release Where the Humans Eat, which included the now classic song “Oxygen”.
Carry On, produced by Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand), is Mason’s debut full-length album for Communion Records, the influential UK based record label co-founded by Ben Lovett(Mumford & Sons). The label has been home to notable artists Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka,Gotye, Daughter and more.
Willy was just 19 when he was discovered by an associate of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), which led to the release of his debut album, Where the Humans Eat on Oberst’s Team Love record label. It was a record that showed us a young man with a tremendous, broad-oaked voice, a great songwriting talent, and a peculiar wisdom beyond his years. In 2007, he returned with If The Ocean Gets Rough, an album that only underlined his ability to capture the spirit of a time, a place, and a generation. Mason earned massive critical commercial in the UK, selling 150k records and performing to thousands as a headline artist.
Letting go is perhaps the greatest theme of Carry On. It’s present in the rhythms – hints of dub and reggae infusing Mason’s characteristic folk structures, and in his voice as well , which swings from gravel-deep to something higher, flightier and more fragile. And of course, it’s also packed tight in these songs’ lyrics; songs about self-doubt, about love and lost connections, the death of a friend, and a broader, bolder sense of the changing world around us. There is a hope rising anew. Mason says, “I think the album itself is about growing up and trying to find one’s place,” Mason says, “about making peace with the past, accepting it as part of one’s identity and moving forward.
8/01 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach ^
8/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre *
8/26 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater *
8/28 – Kennett Square, PA @ Longwood Gardens *
8/29 – Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheatre *
8/30 – Troy, OH @ Gentleman Of The Road Stopover #
9/04 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek *
9/05 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom *
9/06 – Guthrie, OK @ Gentleman Of The Road Stopover #
9/09 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City *
9/10 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *
9/12 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live *
9/13 – St. Augustine, FL @ Gentleman Of The Road Stopover^ with Ben Howard
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* with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros