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November 5, 2013 After a six-year hiatus, the singer-songwriter returns with a new album, Carry On. This session marks the first time Mason has performed with a band at the WXPN studio.
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August 3, 2008 At 24, Mason already sounds like a withered man. Accompanied by a musical-saw player and members of his family on stage, he opened Sunday's Newport Folk Festival in a somber mood.
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April 24, 2007 The Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter crafts emotional, compelling songs on his new CD If the Ocean Gets Rough. Mason got his big break when Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst signed him to his label and released his 2004 debut.
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April 16, 2007 The wonder of "We Can Be Strong" is that it isn't nearly as depressing as its lyric. It helps that Willy Mason is far from a typical young alt-folkie, and his stripped-wood voice implies resilience more than defeat. The song's arrangement feels craggier and more rugged than that of the average ballad.
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