‘Tradition’ Now Accepting Preorders!

Native Home Music is now accepting preorders for the new album from Stuart Mason. Tradition is a familiar foundation for the veteran singer and multi-instrumentalist from West Virginia, and Tradition is the name of the record, which is set for release on May 26, 2015. On this date, digital preorders will be released and hard copies will be available for purchase online. PREORDER HERE.



Stuart has adapted a bevy of old chestnuts to his fretless tackhead banjo, an instrument that evokes the sound of 19th century America, while updating the vintage repertory with a thoroughly modern aesthetic. He also plays his beloved 1918 Gibson mandola, as well as acoustic guitar on this record. His connections to the folk community helped him build a solid team: co-producer Ryan Davidson on bass fiddle and harmonica, Tony Furtado on slide guitar, Amber Cross on vocals, Gary Arcemont and John Weed on fiddles, Kenny Blackwell on mandolin, and David Brewer on tinwhistle. Stuart and Ryan arranged 15 pieces for this project, ranging from classic standards such as Red Rocking Chair (from Dock Boggs) to more obscure songs such as Kenny Wagoner Surrender (from Ozarks collector Max Hunter), and settings that marry lyrics and melody in new ways.

Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skill on guitar, mandola, and banjo. The long-time guitarist for Molly’s Revenge and other West Coast folk bands was born in West Virginia, grew up in Ohio and brought the music of the mountains with him when he migrated westward. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriters Association).

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“Old Is the New Alternative” Tour


Little Black Train
“Old Is the New Alternative” Tour
April 2015
4/4/14 San Luis Obispo, CA
4/8/15 Redding, CA
4/9/15 Bend, OR
4/10/15 Portland, OR
4/11/15 Tualatin, OR
4/12/15 Mill City, OR

“An adventure through the landscape of traditional American music… as vast and diverse as the country itself.” –Caleb Klauder, Foghorn Stringband

Visit http://littleblacktrain.com/shows.shtml

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Celtic Music Night in Aptos

Tuesday March 10, 7pm
St Andrew Church: 9850 Monroe Ave. Aptos, CA

Stuart Mason

Stuart Mason

Stuart will be joined by John Weed on the fiddle. Stuart has been hard at work on a solo album called “Tradition” due out this May featuring a bevy of old American songs on his unique fretless slothead tackhead banjo, as well as his beloved 1918 Gibson mandola. On the new album, he evokes the sound of 19th century America, while updating the vintage repertory with a thoroughly modern aesthetic.

As is tradition, these fun-filled evenings coming this March will include a bagpipe procession, concert of music by a featured special guest artist, Q&A with the group, complimentary refreshments, and an open Celtic music jam session with the players afterward, so bring your instruments, questions, and good vibes– and ALL of this is ALL ages, and ALL for a nominal donation of any size at the door. So MARK YOUR CALENDARS NOW and when the time comes, grab your friends, family, instruments, and head out to Aptos for a good time the way nature intended.


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