Willy Mason’s Carry On Streaming At American Songwriter; On Tour With Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

By on August 15, 2013


Willy Mason is set to release Carry On on August 20 via Communion Records. In anticipation of the release American Songwriter is running an exclusive full album stream a week before street date. Mason told American Songwriter, “The songs were written in and about the in-betweens of the universe and the recording process was an effort to summon the sacred dragon of electricity and ride its coattails to the great spirit. We rode pretty high and we all seem to have survived the fall.” Willy Mason will hit the road this summer and fall in support of Carry On. The upcoming tour includes performances with Mumford & Sons’ at The Gentleman Of The Road Stopover Shows and dates supporting Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. All shows are listed below.


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. Communion’s love and respect for Willy was cemented through Lovett touring with Mason – seeing the new songs take shape and evolve live. Lovett says:


“Willy Mason is one of the greatest Songwriters of our generation. In the UK his music is held up with the legends, and has inspired many people I know. Moving to the US this year and establishing Communion further in North America, I have been stunned by how little familiarity there is with Willy’s music, I am stunned by how few people have been touched by his songs. And this emotion, one of injustice, is exactly why I started Communion with my friends and partners in the UK in the first place…Willy Mason sings songs to your soul, and it feels good.”


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.  


In the years that followed, Mason kept himself busy: writing songs of course, but also playing in friends’ bands, promoting shows, teaching music classes, as well as a little shell-fishing, and hosting a radio talk show called ‘The Fish & Farm Report’. “The diversity and the range of experiences gave me a chance to learn a lot more about music.” Mason says. “I got to further my musicianship. I came to see playing shows and entertainment as a fundamental part of society, and I’m just playing my role.”  Willy was also featured in the video for “No Room For Doubt” (approaching one million views on Youtube), a collaboration between he and breakout artist, Liana LaHavas, which helped launch her career in the UK.


All the while, Mason was accumulating a clutch of new songs that would make up ‘Carry On’. On his relationship with Carey, Mason states: “Dan was a musical collaborator, and so he had a big influence on the sound,” Mason says “He was able to make the beats sound so human, and so it felt like the tracks were laid and I could kind of let go a bit more.”


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.”


In celebration of the album release, Mason is offering fans the opportunity to download the album track, “Restless Fugitive”, for free by visiting his website.

Willy Mason Tour Dates

08.20 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

08.23 – Simcoe, ON @ Norfolk County Fairgrounds*

08.25 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre+

08.26 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheater+

08.28 – Kennett Square, PA @ Longwood Gardens+

08.29 – Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater+

08.30 – Troy, OH @ Troy Memorial Stadium*

09.04 – Austin, TX @ Stubbs Waller Creek+

09.05 – Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom+

09.06 – Guthrie, OK @ Cottonwood Flats*

09.09 – Birmingham AL @ Iron City+

09.10 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live+

09.12 – Saint Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live+

09.13 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Francis Field*

09.19 – Nashville, TN @ Americana Music Conference

10.01 – New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall

10.02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s

10.03 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat

10.08 – Bloomington, IN @ Bluebird

10.09 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

10.10 – Nashville, TN @ Marcy Lounge

10.15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

10.16 – Madison, WI @ Frequency

10.17 – Rock Island, IL @ Daytrotter Barn


# Mumford & Sons

* with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros


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Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.