An important new voice in the blues, John-Alex Mason has a powerful and eerie voice and a quiet but emotional guitar style that is a throwback to the country blues greats of the 1930s. Early on, he was greatly affected by seeing concerts by Johnny Winter and James Cotton and, although he earned a degree in conservation biology, he found playing the blues to be much more creative. He won the Telluride Acoustic Blues Competition in 2001, developed into a teacher of the blues, worked one summer as a street musician on Memphis' Beale Street, and since then has worked with many of the who's who of blues musicians. Based in Denver, Mason is in brilliant form throughout Town and Country. While he performs revived classics by Skip James, Elmore James, and Robert Johnson ("Terraplane Blues") and a few traditional numbers, more than half the selections on Town and Country are his originals, so he is building on the legacy of the blues rather than just repeating the past. Lovers of the country blues will certainly love this impressive effort.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow