Rock ‘n’ roll musician to visit Steamboat |

Rock ‘n’ roll musician to visit Steamboat

— Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will be in Steamboat Springs this weekend to share what he calls his “musical travelog.” He’ll be performing at 7 p.m. Friday at Strings Music Pavilion.

With a repertoire of music that spans over 50 years, Mason has never remained in one musical genre.

“I don’t stay in just one style,” Mason said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “I have a lot of musical tastes and would be bored just doing one style.”

Known for co-founding the rock band, Traffic, Mason is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Worcester. One of his best known songs is “Feelin’ Alright” recorded by Traffic in 1968. The song was covered by Joe Cocker and about 48 other major artists.

Mason was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 for his role in co-founding Traffic with Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood and Chris Wood.

Other popular hits Mason wrote include “Hole in My Shoe” and “We Just Disagree.” His most recent endeavor is his Traffic Jam tour and the album, “Futures Past,” which is a tribute to classic songs such as “World In Changes,” “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “As Sad and Deep as You.”

“Traffic was really influential by doing a lot of firsts for a group back then,” said Cristin Frey, Strings advertising and marketing director. “I think his music will resonate with a lot of people who grew up in the era.”

Pursuing a solo career in 1967, Mason has played and recorded with influential musical legends such as Paul McCartney, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac and Michael Jackson.

Mason recalled working with Hendrix at a time when the music industry was vastly different and a musician had to figure out the details of a song before it was recorded. After watching Hendrix in the studio, Mason used one word to describe him: “innovator.”

“He was in his own category,” Mason said. “There are great guitar players but not any more Hendrixes. He was innovative as well as a great player, it’s what sets him apart.”

Learning from musicians of this caliber, Mason continues to perform in today’s music industry. The show in Steamboat this weekend will be a unique addition to the String Music Festival’s winter lineup.

“He’s had a great solo career and collaborations that are really unique,” Frey said. “To have someone who is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be quite the treat.”

Tickets for the show start at $55 and can be purchased online or at the Strings Music box office.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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