Willy Mason will tour this spring with First Aid Kit in support of his album Carry On, out now on Communion Records. Carry On, produced by Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand), is Mason’s debut full-length album for Communion Records.
Willy was just 19 when he was discovered by an associate of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), which led to the release of his debut album, Where the Humans Eat on Oberst’s Team Love record label.
In the years that followed, Mason kept himself busy: writing songs of course, but also playing in friends’ bands, promoting shows, teaching music classes, as well as a little shell-fishing, and hosting a radio talk show called ‘The Fish & Farm Report’. “The diversity and the range of experiences gave me a chance to learn a lot more about music.” Mason says. “I got to further my musicianship. I came to see playing shows and entertainment as a fundamental part of society, and I’m just playing my role.” All the while, Mason was accumulating a clutch of new songs that would make up Carry On. On his relationship with Carey, Mason states: “Dan was a musical collaborator, and so he had a big influence on the sound,” Mason says “He was able to make the beats sound so human, and so it felt like the tracks were laid and I could kind of let go a bit more.
“Letting go is perhaps the greatest theme of Carry On. There is a hope rising anew. Mason says, “I think the album itself is about growing up and trying to find one’s place,” Mason says, “about making peace with the past, accepting it as part of one’s identity and moving forward.”
Willy Mason Tour Dates
05.03 – Spring, TX @ Texas Crawfish Festival
05.22 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
05.23 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theater *
05.24 – Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch Festival at Gorge Amphitheatre
05.26 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
05.28 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Ray Theatre *
05.29 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom *
06.02 – Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room *
06.03 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
06.04 – Chicago, IL @ Park West *
06.06 – Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall *
06.07 – Montreal, QC @ Corona Theatre *
06.08 – Boston, MA @ Paradise *
06.09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
06.11 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
06.12 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club *
06.13 – Carborro, NC @ Cats Craddle *
* with First Aid Kit