Despite the well-traveled quality of his voice, and songs that tend to stories of regret and wistful looking back, Willy Mason is just 29.
Born in New York, Mason grew up around Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. His father taught him to yodel as they listened to Hank Williams records — something you can hear in his song “Talk Me Down,” which he performed during his visit to opbmusic during a relatively warm fall day.
Mason released his first record, Where the Humans Eat, in 2004 and since then he’s enjoyed particular popularity in the UK and tours there frequently. He’s also recorded collaborations with Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan (on 2010’s The Hawk) and Lianne La Havas (the song “No Room for Doubt” on her 2011 album Is Your Love Big Enough?). His latest album is Carry On.