Mason Jennings is a singer and songwriter who blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer and the broad musical enthusiasm of a jazz musician with a rock and roller’s passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene. To create his latest album, he took the advice of a friend. This Minnesota-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist secluded himself in the back room of his cabin in the woods with a guitar, electric piano, bookshelf, notebook, tape recorder and one 90-minute cassette. There, he wrote all winter long. Emerging with the notebook and tape full of about 30 new songs, Jennings decided to skip his standard approach of self-recording and called on producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, The Pines, Iris DeMent), as well as a wish-list lineup of guest musicians that includes DeMent and Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell. The result was a new album — Always Been, which proves to be the most radiant, refined effort of his career. For more information, visit www.masonjennings.com
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