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Mason Jennings

Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer, and the broad musical eclecticism of a jazz musician with a rock & roller's passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene and earned him a loyal cult following, as he moved over 30,000 copies of his first two albums and sold out shows around the country without the benefit of a major-label publicity department.

Jennings was born in 1975 in Honolulu, Hawaii, but moved to Pittsburgh with his family shortly after. While still a young boy, his father moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and sent his son a series of tapes featuring bands that were storming the then-fertile Twin Cities music scene. Inspired, Jennings picked up a guitar and starting writing songs by the age of 13. Three years later, Jennings decided to pursue a career in music and promptly dropped out of school, opting instead to move to Minneapolis and work on his songs full-time. At 19, he'd already attracted the attention of a major booking agency and begun receiving offers from record companies, but Jennings was more interested in a situation that would offer him creative freedom, not a fast influx of cash. Jennings soon retreated to his apartment and began working on his first album, which he recorded and scrapped four times before finally settling on a final track list.

Featuring just Jennings and his guitar, Mason Jennings was also produced and released solely by the artist himself. The album proved to be a potent calling card for Jennings; it received significant airplay on local radio stations, and the songwriter began playing a Thursday night residency at Minneapolis' 400 Bar, which soon won him a potent local fan base. Before long, Jennings began gigging with bassist Robert Skoro and drummer Chris Stock, and the Mason Jennings Band began work on their namesake's second album when Jennings contracted mononucleosis and was forced to take six months off from performing and recording. Following his recovery, Jennings opted to scrap the set of live favorites he'd begun to record and instead cut a set of new (and often strongly political) numbers for his second album, Birds Flying Away. More gigging followed, but drummer Chris Stock was unable to reconcile the rigors of touring with his personal life and amicably left the group, with Brazilian jazz musician Edgar Oliveira taking over the percussionist's spot.

Jennings' continued roadwork added to the enthusiasm of his fans and the positive press he received for his first two albums. For his third release, 2002's Century Spring, he finally found a proper record company to release his product (Architect Records) and signed a distribution deal with established East Coast indie label Bar/None Records, which also issued Use Your Voice in 2004. The next year, Jennings joined as the first artist on Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock's Epic imprint, Glacial Pace, which then released Boneclouds in 2006. His relationship with Glacial Pace soured, however, and Jennings made yet another jump -- this time to Jack Johnson's Brushfire Records -- for the release of 2008's In the Ever. He remained with the label for Blood of Man, which was recorded in a woodside studio and released in 2009. Two years later, he delivered the studio album Minnesota, featuring the single "Witches Dream." In 2013, Jennings returned with the Bo Ramsey-produced Always Been. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
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Track List: How Deep Is That River (Cabin Version) / Morning Train

Comments

buckssf
He sounds like Lou Reed.
Love me some Mason Jennings! I used to see him EVERY Thursday night at the 400 bar in Minneapolis! I still adore ALL his cd's!
This artist bites and I had to give him a thumbs down because he was annoying me
Get off mother f**ker!!!!
I concur with carterswamp. T h e tits!
bluvelv63
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works!
carterswamp
This is on the soundtrack to a great trail running/ mountaineeri n g movie called In the High Country. This song is the tits!
good stuff
rwhitney22
One of my all-time favorites! Saw him live in Omaha a couple of years ago while he was touring for Minnesota album, with The Pines. Got to meet him after the show as well. Love love love him.
burkify
I couldnt help but check out jareds pandora page. His music taste consist of top 40 and he seems like a major tool. Ok that was mean.
burkify
From his comment it seems Jared doesnt know what Rock n Roll is all about.
ferferak = Franchi$e?!? ! ! ? if so,, good riddance,
ferferak
I can barely listen to Mason Jennings, because I get so nostalgic about Minnesota and my first love. Beautiful music!
brandonmlemo n
That Jared guy is a perfect example of a over privileged 1st world punk who thinks his degree in worthlessnes s makes him an intellectual . A lot of the most brilliant minds the US has produced didn't fit into the left-brained square peg school system. I know from experience. Further more, one doesn't need to understand much to know our political system and our democracy is a joke and right/left paradigm is the punchline. Other than that, Jenning's the jam.
LOVE HIM! going to see him for the third time
not sure what you're smoking to think it's jack johnson, but i want some
unique voice, like him
l.berendts
Ummmm...are we sure this is not Jack Johnson?
pandora introduced me to this guy about a year ago, he is now one of my favorite artists of all time. really good stuff.
steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
a guy with a different sound and the touch of melody.great to hear you man.
t_heath
Uneducated!? Who gives a crap, the guy is very talented and certainly can voice his own opinion on any subject he wants....we all have that right, I beleive!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! 1
*Bows in Respect*
wmwoelmer
Amen to everyone else on here who thinks Mr. Jared's statement here is absolutely appalling.
tkmurra1
That Zuckerberg guy was crazy to drop out of Harvard too huh Jared!?!? That is one of the most baseless statements that I have ever heard. If I remember correctly, there were no political science courses in high school. I guess maybe dissecting the pig in Biology would have helped him form his political opinions huh!?!?
gnarlypurps
if you think a highschool "education" makes you more capable of thinking politically, then my friend i think your the one who shouldn't be making these decisions.
listening to mason tune be here now and its terrific.
Jared - I would not automaticall y judge someone by his education level. Bob Dylan dropped out of college after one year. You should really look deeper than music for guidance on political positions anyway.
Oh...I almost forgot... Mason ROCKS!!! I love ALL his music!!! Who gives a rip if he dropped out of school... the man is pure talent
Politics has nothing to do with education level... obviously! Just look at all the idiots we have in congress... (sigh)
chiefalasia
I've heard a lot of foolish things before. Let's add that one to the list, shall we? Noted. The school system is as flawed as is the political system. It is not for one person alone to state the limitations of anothers opinion.
They can make political opinions, but they shouldn't have a lot of stock put into them.
wmwoelmer
A high school dropout isn't capable of making political opinions?
Talented artist no doubt, but a high school dropout probably shouldn't sing about political topics. The other songs are mostly top-notch and reminiscence of Bob Dylan as others have stated. I'm adding a few to my playlist. Sing on man...
Jim, shut up...I saw you on vampire weekend, too. You turd. Mason Jennings reminds me remotely of Bob Dylan. It's that harmonica... t h e song Adrian got me on the bandwagon.
kinda makes me poop
there is something warming about a harmonica and a voice that is just as cozy. Play on talented man. I know that if I listen to you more I will fall in love.
I am listening to Soldier Boy right now, Molly. I dig it. I like Mason more and more the more I hear his stuff. I started on that first self titled album and it's just gotten better and better. Bet he's great live, he's got personality.
Love Soldier Boy man. Even my roommate gets it stuck in her head.
mason is great!!! If you ever get the chance, see him live!!
I love Him!!
tailcoatman
Yeah, I love his music his lyrics and composition, etc... It's great. But his voice has an inexplicably annoying quality to. It's not bad in the technical sense... Just not my taste, the voice I mean
crazy_tweety _ g i r l
This popped up on my Damien Jurado station. Jennings has great lyrics, but his voice isn't nearly as nice to listen to as Damien Jurado's. I guess what I'm trying to say is he's a good writer, not a singer.
I've been following Mason for years now and it's been great to watch his style evolve and come round again. I've seen three of his shows in Seattle and got to hang out with him a bit before the show. He's such a great guy and it comes through in his music. Totally genuine.
One of my new favorite artist... just recently discovered him thanks to Pandora! Thank You Pandora for opening up my world to incredible artists and music I never knew existed!!!
Love your new album! Listened to it, purchased it, enjoying it now!
i saw him live in omaha,neb. Great Show! Highly recommended!
First heard Mason at the Fillmore in SF. He set the place on fire. Lots of great songs across all albums. See him live if you get the chance.
i agree haagx034 minneapolis has a pretty strong music scene which oftly gets overlooked.. . m u c h like jennings
tristancloy
Glacial Pace!!!
battmozek
Darkness Between the Fireflies is an amazing song.
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