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Mason Porter To Celebrate New Album Release At World Cafe Live


The band Mason Porter first caught Philly2Philly’s attention with their performance at this year’s Philadelphia Folk Festival.

The band formed in 2006, with Tim Celfo on upright bass, Joe D’Amico on mandolin, and Paul Wilkinson on guitar, the band has evolved and now includes Pat Hughes drums and Brad Hinton on the Dobro. Bob Beach occasionally joins them on harmonica.

Now they are back to celebrate the release of their new record, Story of the Rifle. The album had an initial run of 50 copies that sold out at the Folk Festival. mason porter

Mason Porter’s sound is a mix of folk, rock, bluegrass and blues. In addition to the new record, they also released a self-titled EP in 2008, which was well received. In 2009, they released Thunder In the Valley.

In the last 18 months, the band has played gigs from Vermont to Tennessee. As for the local music spots, Joe D’Amico shares, “There is a lot of nice venues around, I really like The Note in West Chester.”

Mr. D’Amico explains, “Everything was cut live for this record one weekend in June. We recorded all day Saturday, played a festival that night, recorded all day Sunday.” They produced the record themselves and recorded it at Second Story Sound Studios in West Chester, PA by engineer Mike Bardzic. It was mixed by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Hoots and Hellmouth).

Track listing:

  • My Creole Belle (Mississippi John Hurt)
  • Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional)
  • Hotel Yorba (Jack White)
  • Frankie and Johnny (Traditional)
  • Girl From The North Country (Bob Dylan)
  • * Dark Hollow (Traditional)
  • ** The Crawdad Song (Traditional)
  • Corrina, Corrina (Traditional)
  • Long Black Veil (Danny Dill and Marijohn Wilkin)
  • Spike Driver Blues >> If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day (Traditional/Robert Johnson)
  • Dark As A Dungeon (Merl Travis)

* CD edition only
** Vinyl edition only

Both vinyl and CD editions are available for pre-order at www.masonporter.com. The band will celebrate with an album release show Upstairs at the World Café Live in Philadelphia on Dec. 17th 2010.

You can also celebrate New Year’s Eve with Mason Porter at The Note in West Chester PA. They are opening for Hoots and Hellmouth. You can purchase tickets here: http://www.thenote.tickets.musictoday.com/TheNote/eventMsg.aspx

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