‘Feelin’ Alright,’ Dave Mason makes a record and goes out on tour
Ryan Summerlin October 11, 2012
A British expat who lives in Santa Barbara, Dave Mason knows his way to Lake Tahoe.
The 66-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member appears at Tahoe for the third time in 16 months when he performs Saturday, Oct. 13, in the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room.
Before his October 2011 appearance here, Mason told Lake Tahoe Action, “When home I am in studio, recording songs – new songs and rerecording old songs,” he said.
He recently released a nine-track studio album, “Mixed Bag,” which includes new songs and rearranged Mason classics “Feelin’ Alright” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”
Mason has performed and recorded with Traffic, Jimi Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison and Eric Clapton. The tune he performed with Hendrix, “All Along the Watchtower.” Mason played acoustic guitar on the tune that appeared on the 1968 album “Electric Ladyland.”
“I was very fortunate to be able to work with someone like that,” Mason said. “(Hendrix) was all about work. He wasn’t about wasting time. There won’t be another one.”
Mason met Hendrix after the Seattle guitarist, struggling for recognition in the United States, moved to Britain.
“There were several clubs in London that were after-hours, and were sort of private,” Mason said. “I mean, you could walk in somewhere and there’d be (John) Lennon and Mick Jagger and somebody else. They’d keep coming in and out because it was a small community.
“I just sat down and started talking to (Hendrix) one night. It was a mutual – He dug Traffic, and we sort of struck up a (friendship). I was a kid, 18, 19 years old. I was learning. I figured I might as well be around the best.”
Mason said he doesn’t know who might be the next rising star.
“It’s hard to tell,” he said. “The last person who I could tell that with was (Paul) McCartney, him and (John) Lennon.
“I am working so much. When I am home I am working on my own stuff so I don’t really get a chance to listen to other stuff. Especially other stuff, unless I happen to hear it on the radio. The problem for pretty much anybody from what I can see is there’s no radio anymore. There’s no way for an artist to play new music.”