Yojimbo

Yojimbo

BandFolkAmericana

I grew going to bluegrass picking parties, listening the the music of people sharing a common bond, songs from Norman Blake to Neil Young, and those are the foundation on which Yojimbo stakes its musical claim.

Biography

Yojimbo is the moniker taken by Mason Hedgecoth, a singer-songwriter and mult-instrumentalist from Richmond, VA, now living in Brooklyn, NY. Recording in a Pro Tools studio located in his home-office, he completed the full-length "Ether Laughter" in 2002, a yet un-released album composed of songs written and recorded with the able talents of many from his hometown, including his father, Fred, featured on lap steel and mandolin. The music reflects a personal shift back towards the music from my childhood, acoustic, personal yet social music shared in a community of musicians playing just for the enjoyment of it. "Tongues" strips the instrumentation down to its barest its elements, allowing the vocals to expose the depth of emotion running beneath the surface of our lives, and its ability to indelibly shape our path.

This full breadth of influence from artists like Norman Blake and Neil Young, and more recently Neutral Milk Hotel, is illustrated in the newest material from Yojimbo, welcoming the addition of a few instruments, including banjo and mandolin. Songs like "Drink From That Fountain" and "Only Way To Travel" reflect the uptempo, driving dynamic of bluegrass, while telling cautionary tales of our nation's moral and political direction. "Dream Song", with its swelling vocal harmonies and choral feeling, describes the unreal space and texture of our sleep world, celebrating its fleeting and fractured manifestation of reality.

Performing in Richmond with bands like Lucero and Tulsa Drone, and Charlotte N.C.'s The Houston Bros., Yojimbo at times featured accompaniment from such varied instruments as harp, dobro, and mandolin performed by a member of the Hackensaw Boys. Yojimbo hopes to establish a performance base in New York, while continuing to write and record.

Lyrics

Only Way To Travel

Written By: Mason Hedgecoth

Only way to travel
is on the backs of men.
I'm riding where i go now
through this world where and when.

Takes a man to show you
down the path of sin.
Tell you where to go now
tell you how, where, and when.

As through this world you travel
you'll meet some honest men.
They're few and far between now
and there time is at an end.

Drink From That Fountain

Written By: Mason Hedgecoth

The sun I see it sets in the west.
At the same time, it rises in the east.
Is it the way this darkness divides us,
or is it the way some choose war over peace?
Is it the way this death will never cease?

And now my name, will be forgotten.
At last my tongue, is finally tied.
Is it the way, the people have gotten,
or is it the way a man fills his pride?
Is it the way you can see right through his eyes?

But if we drink from that fountain,
a poison soon will fill all our veins.
The only seeds we will sow are destruction,
what will we be when that's all that remains?

There is water all around us,
the air we breath, the ground beneath our feet.
Is it the way this darkness surrounds us,
or is it the way it moves through everything?
Is it the way it rises in your dreams?

But if we drink from that fountain,
a poison soon will fill all our veins.
The only seeds we will sow are destruction,
what will we be when that's all that remains?

But if we drink from that fountain,
a poison soon will fill us with shame.
The only seeds we will sow are destruction,
what will we be when that's all that remains?

Dream Song

Written By: Mason Hedgecoth

We are hanging from a swing
the weeds have taken over,
and the brambles close us in.
You are younger than you are now.
I wish I knew you then somehow.

I would have told you so many things,
the future holds for you so many things.
Autumn leaves caught in the air the smell is lingering,
the colored spaces are memories to live again.

This is the moment in a dream,
when time washes over you like water in a stream.
Gather round, all you who care,
to see the beauty assembled here.

A swelling tide lifts my body from the bed each night.
Beneath these waves of comfort,
I am free from wrong or right.
Autumn leaves caught in the air the smell is lingering,
the colored spaces are memories to live again.

If we could meet each other here,
then from impossible distance, we always could be near.
And I would sing, and from my voice,
would spill whatever was needed to make our hearts rejoice.

I would tell you so many things,
the future holds for you so many things.
Autumn leaves caught in the air the smell is lingering,
the colored spaces are memories to live again.

Discography

"Ether Laughter" Full-Length
New EP Coming Soon.