Monday, December 1, 2008

Dave Mason @ Seven Springs Mountain Resort

Over the Thanksgiving weekend we ventured to Somerset, Pennsylvania in order to visit a couple Pennsylvania wineries, and to go skiing at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. As an extra benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason was scheduled to play at the resort.

Dave Mason first found fame with the short lived, but legendary group Traffic in the 1960's. Think Mason, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood. During this time he wrote the future hit "Feelin' Alright" which Joe Crocker made famous. Just before the decade ended Mason started his solo career which included performances with The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, and Jimi Hendrix. Mason also played in Fleetwood Mac for a few years in the 1990's. But its his solo albums that have been the most popular - from his debut Alone Together to the platinum Let It Flow.

Before arriving at the concert hall I was expecting an intimate crowd of maybe one hundred other fans, but had no idea this was a full blown concert with ten to twelve times that attending. Most seem to have come to here "We Just Disagree" and "Only You Know And I Know", me, I like his more blue-ish songs that complement his raspy voice. I got that when he started playing songs from his new CD, 26 Letters 12 Notes - particularly "Good 2 U" and "Let Me Go". "Ain't Your Legs Tired Baby" is another track from the CD that fits this style. This was definitely a rock concert - Mason and his full band. Mason was front and center on vocals and guitar but Gerald Johnson on bass was the obvious attraction as he grooved to the music in his distinctive style. Along the Alvino Bennett on drums, Johnne Sambataro on guitar, and Bill Mason on keyboards, the four created a huge sound - that brought back many memories of classic rock concerts.

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