Mason Jennings

Friday, April 18, 2014 7:30 PM
Redstone Room

Tickets: $25 adv, $30 day of show


Doors: 6:30 p.m. / Show: 7:30 p.m.
Opening Act: Songbird Bethann
Age Restriction: 19+
Web: masonjennings.com
Genre: Folk / Singer-Songwriter

This is a seated show and tickets are limited. While seating is not reserved, every ticket holder is guaranteed a seat.

LL&W will be giving away free oak tree saplings to ticket holders as part of the MillionTrees Project.

This show is supported by Davenport SCENE (Sustainable City Empowered Network for Education) Grant, which is funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Science).  The purpose of the grant is to advance the environmental sustainability and energy efficiency literacy of Davenport residents, in order to help transform Davenport into a sustainable city.

Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer, and the broad musical eclecticism of a jazz musician with a rock & roller's passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene and earned him a loyal cult following, as he moved over 30,000 copies of his first two albums and sold out shows around the country without the benefit of a major-label publicity department.

Before setting to work on his latest album, Mason Jennings was looking for a new approach to writing. At the advice of a friend, the Minnesota-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist holed up in the back room of his wood-nestled cabin studio with just a guitar, electric piano, bookshelf, notebook, tape recorder, and one 90-minute cassette—then wrote all winter long. Emerging with the notebook and tape full of about 30 new songs, Jennings decided to skip his standard approach of self-recording and called on producer Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, The Pines, Iris DeMent), as well as a wish-list-plucked lineup of guest musicians that includes DeMent and Neil Young drummer Chad Cromwell. The result of those “dream collaborations” and his own hard-won inspiration, ‘Always Been’ proves to be Jennings’s most radiant and refined effort of his career.

With the songwriting and recording of ‘Always Been’ so wholly charmed, Jennings says his main ambition is for the album to uplift its listeners. “Music’s always been very transformative for me. I remember hearing ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ as a kid and having it hit me in a really deep way,” he says. Noting that the medicinal quality of DeMent’s albums was a major influence on the mood of ‘Always Been,’ Jennings adds that he ultimately aims to create music with its own healing effect.  “I started making music because music saved my life when I was little—it was something I could go to and always have a feeling of connection, even when times were hard,” he says. “Above all else, I want to make sure I always remember that trying to give other people that sort of feeling is the major purpose behind what I’m doing.”



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Sat: 10am-6pm
Sun: Closed

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