Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mason Jennings at The Blue Note, 11/18

On Sunday my friend and I took a walk in the rain at Gans Creek with his wild and woolly border collie—wind and mud and cold be damned. Standing on Coyote Bluff looking at the stripped trees massed in the fog, we breathed in wet-earth life, and it was good. Listening to Mason Jennings is a similar experience. Jennings just wants to play good music on his guitar, and his sound is solid as a sycamore tree.

Jennings will be showcasing his good-earth talents at The Blue Note Wednesday night, along with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel. Lest you expect quiet folk, however, let me shed some light on Jennings' latest release, Blood of Man (September 15)... While it's his eighth studio album, it's also his first electric one, and as such, it rocks out a bit more. With raw simplicity Jennings takes on darker subjects, inspired by a new need to be honest and please himself first, releasing intense feelings in the process. He's resisted attempts to clean up the tracks and take the rough edges off.

"The Field" (from Blood of Man)

In the video below, Jennings talks a bit about the new album and what he's been up to lately.

"The Field" (acoustic version... sounding like Jack Johnson's brother)

I've been meaning to spend more time getting to know Mason Jennings; unfortunately, it won't happen at Wednesday night's show, but I need to do more unearthing in the future.

Check out Mason Jennings with Nathaniel Rateliff and The Wheel at The Blue Note, Wednesday, November 18. Doors open at 7:30.

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