Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason

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"An artist clearly on the rise." Elliott Gross, WPFW, 89.3 FM Washington, D.C.

Biography

"Mason is a triple threat as singer, guitarist and songwriter, and she's able to hold her own in both band and solo settings." --Richard Harrington, WASHINGTON POST

One of the few female lead guitarists in the Northeast region, Melanie Mason continues to expand her popularity on the indie blues-rock scene as electric guitarist, vocalist and songwriter for the Melanie Mason Band. She also excels as a solo traditional acoustic blues artist, specializing in Delta and Piedmont-style country blues.

AWARDS & HIGHLIGHTS...
Since releasing her debut CD in 2001, Mason has been recognized in a number of ways:

--International top-seller on CD Baby for over 6 years; current status: Guitar Blues (#1), Electric Blues (#2), Blues (#3), Acoustic Blues (#16)

--Winner of the 2007 Best Female Blues Vocalist Award, Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

--Nominated 3 times for Best Blues Instrumentalist award, Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

--Nominated 5 times for Best Blues Band, Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

--Solo finalist (1 of 6 selected nationwide) in the 2007 Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition (Telluride, Colorado)

--Voted Best Blues Band by readers in Music Monthly's 2007 Readers' Poll of 90,000+ D.C. and Baltimore readers, plus a Best Acoustic Artist honorable mention. 

--Winner of the 2005 Best Blues Recording Award ("Live at Blues Alley" CD), Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

--Winner of the 2004 Best Blues Recording Award ("Lonesome Is I" CD), Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

--Nominated for 2004 Album of the Year, ("Lonesome Is I" CD), Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

--Winner of the 2003 D.C. Blues Society's International Blues Challenge band competition (Washington, D.C.)

--Featured lead guitarist in 2003 Emmy award-winning PBS WETA-TV ads promoting Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" film series. Check it out at www.sonicbids.com/melaniemason!

--Winner of the 2001 Best Blues Recording Award ("Bendin' the Blues" CD), Washington Area Music Association (Washington, D.C.)

ON STAGE...
Mason has made repeat appearances at numerous venues, such as the Birchmere, Blues Alley, Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival, BlackRock Center for the Arts, Carter Barron, National Capital BBQ Battle, and many more. She is proud to have opened for many music legends, such as:

--Buddy Guy
--Taj Mahal
--Robert Cray
--Don McLean
--Robin Trower
--Little Feat’s Barrere & Tackett
--and many more!

Lyrics

Ready for the Road (original)

Written By: Melanie Mason

I met a man who had done everything I wanted to
He was moving here, shaking there, every night playing the blues
I asked him to tell me what it was like and all of that
He just looked me up and down, shook his head like a matter-a-fact

“Are you ready for the road?” He said, “You gonna pay a price.
It ain’t easy, girl. It ain’t no paradise.
One thing’s for certain, it’s what it’s all about, child.
The road is gonna tear your soul apart, gonna turn you inside out.”

I looked at him like I knew what he was talking about,
But in the back of my mind I thought it over for a time, I began to have my doubts.
I thanked him for his sound advice and in a shaky voice I said,
“I already know it’s a long hard road – I’m gonna walk it just the same.”

“Cause I’m ready for the road. I can pay the price.
Got a funny feeling, it’ll be alright.
I know it’s a gamble, but I love to play
So come on and toss the dice, I got something to say.”

Now and then I meet someone who really wants to know
If they got what it takes to live a life like mine, out here on the road.
I just look them, and listen patiently.
Then I smile and ask them, what that old man asked me:

“Are you ready for the road? You gonna pay a price.
It ain’t easy, no. It ain’t no paradise.
One thing’s for certain what it’s all about.
The road is gonna tear your soul apart, gonna turn you inside out.”

Are you ready? Are you ready? Are you ready?
Ready for the road

Lonely Lonesome Gal (original)

Written By: Melanie Mason

Gonna put it in a want ad, advertise it on TV
Gonna put it in a want ad, advertise it on TV
This lonely lonesome gal
Is sweet as she can be

Send an instant message
Email it right to my home
Send an instant message, baby
Email it right to my home
This lonely lonesome gal
Can't stand to be alone

Give me some sugar
I need some cream
Honey, give me some of your honey
Give me what I need
You know what I need
This lonely lonesome gal
Wants a taste of something sweet
(Give it to me)

If you find me in the classifieds
Please baby give me a call
If you find me in the classifieds
Give me a call
Cause this lonely lonesome gal
Ain't got no man at all
I said this lonely lonesome gal
Ain't got no man at all
This lonely lonesome gal
Ain't got no man at all

Ease Up (original)

Written By: Melanie Mason

Ease up on me baby, don’t take my peace of mind
Ease up on me baby, don’t take my peace of mind
Don’t make me wonder, who is, who is on your mind

You said meet me at the river, when the moon is rising high
You said meet me at the river, when the moon is rising high
You seemed to far away, I could see it, see it in your eyes

I don’t mind the lies, I don’t mind feeling low
I’d rather shake it with the devil
Than to see my, see my baby go

Last night you said you sorry, you didn’t call my name
Last night you said you sorry, you didn’t call my name
You said she meant nothing, but you were gone, gone when morning came

I don’t mind the lies, I don’t mind feeling low
I’d rather shake it with the devil
Than to see my, see my baby go

Ease up on me baby, don’t take my peace of mind
Ease up on me baby, don’t take my peace of mind
Don’t make me wonder, who is, who is on your mind

Love's Slow Burn (original)

Written By: Melanie Mason

What happened to the love who swore he’d never leave?
The one who had me crying, down on my knees?
Like a match in the wind that dies suddenly
One stormy night he slipped away from me

You said it don’t take much to keep love alive
Sometimes you have to laugh, give it a second try
You said it only takes a spark deep inside
To fill our hearts with hope, and keep us satisfied

I’m not used to love’s slow steady ways
I thought a fire had to burn to stay
Now I’m seeing things in a different kind of way
Living on love’s slow burn

Why did it take so long to find this open door?
Did I miss it, were you always there before?
Like a sweet sunrise gets stronger as it grows
Why love does what it does only heaven knows

I’m not used to love’s slow steady ways
I thought a fire had to burn to stay
Now I’m seeing things in a different kind of way
Living on love’s slow burn

Discography

LIVE AT BLUES ALLEY (2005)
The third release from Mason and her band; a compelling live performance recorded at the legendary Blues Alley. Winner of WAMA's 2005 Best Blues Recording award. "Impeccable guitar playing." --Elmore Magazine

LONESOME IS I (2004)
A warm and soulful collection of solo acoustic country blues. Winner of WAMA's 2004 Best Blues Recording award. “A beautifully rendered album.” --Blues Revue

BENDIN' THE BLUES (2001): Debut album from lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Melanie Mason and her band; winner of WAMA’s 2001 Best Blues Recording award. “10 out of 10.”--Blues Matters

Melanie Mason, copyright 2007
www.melaniemason.com

Set List

MELANIE MASON BAND:

--Original electric blues from Mason's award-winning albums

--Crowd-pleasing covers in the electric blues-rock, jazzy blues, motown and classic rock genres; holiday music also available

MELANIE MASON SOLO/DUO:

--Original acoustic blues in the traditional Piedmont and Delta stylings (slack key fingerpicking and slide)

--Crowd-pleasing covers in the acoustic blues, jazzy blues, folk, and classic rock genres; holiday music also available