Bonnaroo Artist | Willy Mason
Bonnaroo History | Newbie
Stage & Time | TBD
Just like last year and the year before, we’re making it our mission to help you get acquainted with as many bands as we can from Bonnaroo‘s impressive 2014 lineup. In addition to main stage acts, we also want to be sure to give the Club Stage bands some love, so, for the next month or so, we’re adding a second daily spotlight. They might be the smallest artists on Bonnaroo’s bill, but the Club Stage bands some of the best and most exciting up and coming acts around. As with our main stage previews, we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up. Keep reading for your Bonnaroo Club Stage Band of the Day…
Willy Mason‘s name might currently be sitting at the very bottom of the Bonnaroo bill, but don’t think for a second he’s a small-time act. If anything, he’s a testament to just how thoroughly incredible every single artist at ‘Roo is, year after year. First signed by Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst in 2004, the folky, earnest singer-songwriter has spent the last decade crafting some of the indie folk scene’s finest releases, and has shared the stage with heavyweight acts (and ‘Roo veterans) like Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, and Death Cab For Cutie.
Born in New York and raised in Martha’s Vineyard, Mason has managed to amass a slightly larger following in Europe than he has stateside. That’s not too say he hasn’t earned a healthy amount of success back home as well. Between collaborations with the likes of The Chemical Brothers and KT Tunstall, attention from a plethora of labels (his most recent release, Carry On, saw U.S. distribution from Communion), and accolades from the media and his peers, Willy, at 29, has steadily become something of a hidden gem amidst the folk-revivalist landscape, and one of the sincerest, most talented songwriters making music today. This might be his first ‘Roo outing, but we’re expecting many, many more to follow.
LISTEN | “Carry On”
WATCH | “Talk Me Down” (Official Music Video)