American singer Willy Mason releases his new album, If The Ocean Gets Rough through Radiate/Virgin Records on 5 March, a few days before he performs at The Azuza Cafe in Marlborough (8 Hughenden Yard in the High Street).
Willy Mason released his debut record, Where The Humans Eat to huge acclaim in 2004. The record took on a life of its own and through word of mouth has sold over 100,000 copies.
Willy's song Oxygen has become a protest song of sorts, capturing the spirit of our times. This was certainly evident at Glastonbury 2005 where a mud soaked audience sang every word. Willy hit the road constantly and toured with the likes of Bright Eyes, Beth Orton, The Magic Numbers and was the sole support for Radiohead on their low-key European and US tour in 2006.
After two years touring and rambling, Willy headed back home to Martha's Vineyard, a small and isolated off the east coat of the US. Thoughts moved to recording the new songs Willy had written on his journeys. He decamped to a small studio in North Brookfield, Massachusetts. The album turned out to be a family affair with Willy's younger brother Sam playing drums on all tracks and his mum, Jemima singing backing vocals on several others.
Doors for the gig on Thursday 8 March open at 7pm. Enquiries for tickets can be made at Sound Knowledge record shop in Marlborough, tel: 01672 514505.
The low key solo shows in March precedes Willy's return in May with a full band.