Melanie Mason

Melanie Mason

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Melanie combines her skills as lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter to front the The Melanie Mason Band. From electric blues-rock to traditional acoustic blues, the group's unique sound is bound to draw you in, even getcha hooked!

Biography

Melanie Mason poses a triple threat to today's blues-rock scene as a lead guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. From contemporary rockin’ blues to more traditional forms, Melanie blends the old and the new in unique ways.

Melanie began playing guitar at age 12. As a developing guitarist and vocalist, Melanie was immediately drawn to the blues. She learned by playing along to the recordings of Jimmy Johnson, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Albert Collins and Jimi Hendrix. Later on, she developed a deep interest in acoustic blues played by artists such as Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, and Mississippi John Hurt.

Melanie began her music career in the Washington, D.C. area by performing solo acoustic blues. She soon made contact with several local musicians and formed her first band. In a short time, the band developed into a tightly knit group with an exciting electric blues-oriented repertoire.

She self-released her debut album, Bendin’ the Blues, in January 2001. An important step in Melanie's music career, the album consists of nine original cuts and three covers. Melanie performs all of the guitar work on the album. To date, the CD has received international airplay and considerable praise, including the 2001 Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE award for Best Blues Album. (For more information, visit www.cdbaby.com/melaniemason or call CD Baby at 1-800-448-6369, 1:00 to 8:00 PM, EST.)

Melanie is a member of the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) the DC Blues Society, WPFW 89.3, and Maryland Party.

Discography

Bendin' the Blues
Produced by: Bob Dawson, Bias Recording
Mastered by: Charlie Pilzer, Airshow Mastering
Guitars & vocals: Melanie Mason
Hammond organ & piano: Benjie Porecki
Harmonica: Mickey Meiklejohn
Bass & backup vocals: Sam Goodall
Drums: Mike Utz
Percussion: Bob Dawson

CD song list:
1. Mississippi Blues (Mason)
2. The Devil Chose Me (Mason)
3. Give In (Mason)
4. Work Your Magic (Mason)
5. Ready for the Road (Mason)
6. In the Mood (Hooker/Besman)*
7. I'll Be What You Need (Mason)
8. Love's Slow Burn (Mason)
9. Sliding Delta (Hurt)*
10. Devastated (Mason)
11. Child of the Wind (Mason)
12. Bending Like a Willow Tree (Fulson)*

Total playing time: 48:41

*Used by permission.
© 2000 Melanie Mason