Dave Mason account Hippiefest 2011 at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater on Saturday August 27th. Dave will be administration the date with an absorbing calendar of archetypal bedrock hitmakers.
Joining Dave Mason will be Mark Farner the adorning baton for Grand Funk Railroad (“We’re An American Band,” “I’m Your Captain,” “Some Affectionate of Wonderful” and “The Loco-Motion”), Rick Derringer(“Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo,” “Hang On Sloopy”), Felix Cavaliere(“Good Lovin’,” “Groovin'” and “People Got To Be Free”) and Gary Wright (“Dream Weaver,” “Love Is Alive” and “Really Wanna Apperceive You”).
Songwriter/Guitarist/Vocalist Dave Mason cofounded the bandage Traffic afterwards Steve Winwood larboard the Spencer Davis Group. In 1967 Mason larboard the bandage afterwards the absolution of the Mr. Fantasy album. Mason rejoined the bandage for awhile in 1968 and recorded “Feelin’ Alright,”a song that became Mason’s trademark.”Feelin’ Alright” was covered by Joe Cocker in 1969. Mason went on to accompany Delaney & Bonnie & Accompany in 1969 and appear his admission abandoned anthology Alone Calm bearing the hit single- “Only you apperceive and I know” The anthology accomplished gold in the U.S. hitting # 22 on the almanac charts.
Mason aggregate his amazing agreeable talents with a account of legends- including George Harrison, (Mason appeared on Harrison’s critically- acclaimed anthology All Things Must Pass) Eric Clapton’s Derek & the Dominos,The Rolling Stones, Leon Russell, Cass Elliot, Fleetwood Mac and his acceptable acquaintance Jimi Hendrix. Mason played his 12- cord acoustic guitar on “All Forth the Watchtower” and sang on “Crosstown Traffic.”
Dave Mason hit superstardom throughout the 70’s with a scattering of awful acknowledged albums extensive platinum and gold cachet – It’s Like You Never Left, Split Coconut, Certified Live,Let it Flow and Mariposo de Oro. Top 40 hits “We Just Disagree” and “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” were spawned from that boastful period.
In 1978 Mason performed in foreground of added than 300,000 humans at California Jam II.
Mason and Traffic bandmate Jim Capaldi reunited for a bout that produced the 1999 anthology Live: The 40,000 Headmen Tour. Traffic was inducted into the Bedrock & Roll Hall Of Acclaim in 2004.
Here’s my contempo account with acclaimed songwriter/musician/humanitarian Dave Mason.
Dave, I wish to acknowledge you for spending some time with me today, area do you alarm home nowadays?
“No botheration acknowledge you, I reside abreast Santa Barbara in California.”
I accept that this is your aboriginal Hippiefest tour. I talked with Mark Farner the added day and he let me apperceive that he and Rick Derringer were in actuality in actuality acceptable friends. Are you buddies with anyone that you allotment the bill with?
“Not really, I’ve played shows with all these guys but aback in the Traffic canicule it would be Gary. If Gary(Gary Wright) had a bandage alleged Spooky Tooth.”
When I do a Dave Mason seek on the web, I see a lot of captivation in alms work. What array of alms contest are you complex with?
“I accept a alms that I helped alpha and I’m actual complex with it that we do for veterans. And that is we advice humans alteration out of the account to alpha their own business. It’s alleged Plan Vessels for Veterans.”
You aswell participate in assorted account concerts and celebrity golf abstract including partnering with Michael Bolton. Do you play golf Dave?
“No I don’t play golf. Michael Bolton’s alms is for abused women and I’ve done that with his alms for about the endure 5 or six years. And for 14 years he was accomplishing it in Stanford Connecticut and afresh endure year I affectionate of talked him into aggravating it about abroad so we confused it to the Ojai Valley Inn Golf Course and this year we’re accumulation his alms with the Plan Vessels alms and the accident out there and on the 23rd of September afresh I accept The Feelin’ Alright Additional Annual Golf Tournament in Virginia at Fort Belvoir and that is with a accumulation alleged (CAMMO) which does a lot of plan with vets and music and there’s a amount of them that accept been active to recording affairs and it’s appealing absorbing you know, endure year we had a bandage that the bagman had titanium legs and those guys were in actuality good. And they’re accepting a lot of after-effects with cavalcade alarming emphasis through the music. So it’s absorbing plan and a abundant accumulation of people.”
Music has gotten a lot of our servicemen through boxy times over the years abnormally during wartime.
“I did a Toys for Tots appearance in Atlanta aback in 1977 and I was accepting accessible to airing up on date and this Marine came up to me and said “You apperceive man, me and my associate were ashore in a arroyo for three canicule and we would accept gone in actuality basics if it weren’t for a Jimi Hendrix bandage and a Dave Mason tape.”
You’re accomplishing abundant plan for our vets Dave. Sometimes our veterans are not advised with the account that they deserve are they?
“The way that our vets are advised if they appear aback is shameful, they’re affectionate of swept abreast a little bit, I beggarly you apperceive you’ve got the Veterans Administration and all that getting but there’s a lot that still could be done, anyways that’s why we aces up the void. There’s a amount of us, a amount of organizations out there that try to ample those holes, ample that gap.”
Bless you man for all you do.
I wish to allocution some about your music; your aboriginal bandage was in actuality alleged The Jaguars aback in the aboriginal 60’s and was evocative musically to The Shadows and Ventures?
“Yes, that was my aboriginal bandage The Jaguars. I formed a little active adaptation alleged Opus To Spring if I was about 16 and a bounded almanac abundance put a almanac out on it. We alone did the one recording with that bandage and afresh that’s all we did with that. There was addition bandage alleged The Hellions with Jim Capaldi we had a almanac out on Pye annal that was produced by Kim Fowley, the guy that did ‘They’re Coming to Take Me Abroad Ha Ha Ho Ho He He.'” And we did a Jackie Deshannon song alleged “Daydreaming of You.”
And I heard you guys played the acclaimed Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany area The Beatles played?
“No we never got to Hamburg we played some little boondocks alfresco of Hamburg and played Saturday nights, we use to play for about eight hours on Saturday nights, fifteen minute songs, fifteen off, fifteen on, fifteen off.”
So you knew Jim Capaldi (Drummer and a founding affiliate of Traffic) because of The Hellions?
“Jim and I knew anniversary added for a continued time. Jim (Capaldi) grew up 12 afar from me. Yea, Robert Plant aswell grew up about 12 afar abroad and John Bonham.”
You met Steve Winwood if he was in The Spencer Davis Group?
“Yea he was in The Spencer Accumulation and The Hellions use to play up in Birmingham which is 25 afar from Worcester and through that we met Steve and Chris Wood and basically we just afraid out for a year or so just run into anniversary added and afresh at one point Steve had absitively he was traveling to leave The Spencer Davis Group. And during that time during that breach I’d articulate on a brace of their recordings, ‘Somebody Advice Me’ and a lot of of Traffic was on ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and it’s appealing abundant all of us singing in the accomplishments of ‘I’m A Man.’
I affectionate of played Roadie for a brace of months with them and afresh we formed Traffic.”
Then you guys busy a cottage in Berkshire?
“A acclaimed jockey had a antagonism abiding down there so we affectionate of commandeered this cottage sitting in the average of nowhere. It’s area they accomplished and amble the horses. There was no gas, no electricity and no active baptize in the place. We lived there like that for about six months.”
Man that was archaic living. If you didn’t accept electricity how did you bung into the amplifiers and rehearse your music?
“We had a generator.”
Those were the acceptable old canicule huh? (All laughing)
“Yea whatever we were kids, I was 18 years old and you anticipate there’s not annihilation you can’t do.”
So how did Traffic get their big break?
“Well Steve already had three, four, top ten annal so he had affectionate of an access in that way and afresh I started autograph and Jim and Steve started autograph and my autograph I appealing abundant did on my own and afresh the problems started to appear if the getting that I was autograph was the getting best for singles. And their better hit at the time was the aboriginal song I’d anytime accounting and was affectionate of a fantasy tune alleged ‘Hole in My Shoe’ and that got to amount two in England and was in actuality their better individual hit. Afterwards the aboriginal anthology I larboard and the acumen I larboard was because I couldn’t in actuality accord with the acclaim so bound it was just a little cutting for me. So I in actuality larboard and did a brace of things formed with starting to aftermath an anthology for a accumulation alleged Family, ‘Music in a Dollhouse’ and afresh I got to apperceive Hendrix and spent a little time recording with him and some of it was on Electric Ladyland.
Then I did a little assignment with what was accepted as a abusive accumulation alleged The Scaffold, it was Paul McCartney’s brother (Professionally accepted as Mike McGear) and I did a amount of shows with them and so just roamed about arena with altered humans and afresh at one point I just took a little bag and a guitar and formed this little island alleged Hydra (Greece) and I in actuality didn’t accept any money at the time but it was a abundant time and that’s area I wrote ‘Feelin Alright.'”
Then I met up afresh with them in New York and they were animate on the additional album, and afresh he had 5 songs and I had 5 songs so it was like accept let’ s get aback calm again. And I anticipation it was a in actuality acceptable additional anthology it was a acceptable alteration from Fantasy (Mr. Fantasy admission album) it had a lot of affectionate of Fantasy getting on it but giving a lot added adamant I anticipation musically. And afterwards that anthology appealing abundant afresh my songs were getting best for the singles and that’s just what acquired the riff with Winwood. And I appealing abundant just spent canicule area he’d never allocution to me.”
Wow that’s a absolute shame. Abominably I apprehend a lot of belief like that in bands.
“Yea, even marriages breach up.”
Bands are like a ancestors with lots of affect and drama.
“The affectionate of aberration is that sometimes it makes things in actuality acceptable admitting you know. If you’ve got affectionate of an bend traveling in there you can actualize some in actuality acceptable getting rather than afterward one affair all the time but at any amount whatever that’s the way it was so at that point I just absitively there wasn’t abundant point to blockage in England or Traffic so I just upped and confused to America.”
It’s amazing even admitting you hailed from England your emphasis is all but gone man.
“The way they allocution area I grew up, I beggarly I can’t even accept some of the people.”
I consistently begin it alluring if the aboriginal Beatles talked in their Cockney accents, but afresh if they sang on a almanac it was gone.
“It’s because they were artful all those American singers that’s why. America is the home of all abreast music. Jazz, Blues and Bedrock & Roll it comes from here.”
You apperceive it’s amazing how abounding musicians that I talked with from the 60’s that had never met Jimi Hendrix. I consistently ample that at one point or addition there would accept been a moment spent with him. What was Jimi Hendrix Like?
“He was just a appealing quiet guy as a amount of fact. A lot of of the time that I spent with him I never saw him basically afterwards a guitar in his hands.”
And you formed on the ‘All Things Must Pass’ Anthology with George Harrison?
“Well I knew George for absolutely awhile he gave me my aboriginal Sitar. And McCartney I use to go down to the Sgt. Peppers sessions and adhere out or break in the flat while they were recording and absorb a acceptable time with George. Nice Man. But arena on All Things Must Pass, I couldn’t anamnesis what advance that I played on to be altogether honest with you.”
So what’s on your bowl these canicule Dave?
“Well I bout a lot and acutely the alms for the Vets. Aggravating to abound the alms is actual important for me. And basically just accumulate on rolling down the alley and singing.”
Do you accept a CD getting appear anon or captivation in new collaborations?
“At this point, there’s no point in me putting anymore CD’s out because there’s just no aperture for it, there’s no advance for it, there’s no radio anymore ever, there’s no way for anyone to apperceive that you’ve got something new out.”
Well you’ve got me Dave. (Laughter)
“I beggarly civic radio, it’s somebody goes in and puts a barrow in and pulls it out afterwards thirty canicule and afresh puts addition one in and there’s cipher home.”
I apperceive absolutely what you beggarly Dave. I was a radio anchorperson in the backward 70’s aboriginal 80’s. My dream was to become like one of those deejays from aback in the 60’s. Radio is not about the music anymore it’s basically all about advertisers. And who wants to accept to radio to apprehend aback to aback to aback commercials.
“Yea, there’s just annihilation there and no way to get annihilation promoted. There’s no way for anyone to in actuality apprehend something or apperceive if they’re even traveling to like it. So basically annihilation new that I accept is just traveling to go on my website and you can go there and download it. And until something comes forth area you can advance appropriately it’s economically not achievable to do addition CD.”
My cavalcade is alone about Archetypal Bedrock Music and Archetypal Bedrock Artists. And my online writing are beheld globally on the internet with the sole ambition of befitting that dream animate and the blaze burning.
“I acknowledge that.”
My admired Dave Mason tune abominably was a song that you didn’t write. And it was your better hit “We Just Disagree” accounting by Jim Krueger. I own that alarming achievement of the song that you did on Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special.
Dave I just wish to acquaint you man that you’re a allegorical artist, abundant songwriter and flat artist and just a chic guy and acknowledge you so abundant for spending time with me today I in actuality acknowledge it.
“You’re absolutely welcome.”
Keep on accomplishing what you’re accomplishing and I’ll see you at Hippiefest in Clearwater.
“I will Ray acknowledge you.”
Dave Mason will be headlining Hippiefest 2011 on Saturday August 27th at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. So let your aberration banderole fly!
Special acknowledgment goes out to Jeff Albright of The Albright Entertainment Group.