When singer-songwriter Willy Mason stopped by our studios a month back, before the snow, before the rain, before all the leaves dropped, we set up outside in the park for this performance of songs from his latest record, Carry On. (For best quality, change settings to 1080p and full screen.)
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, he 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,” in the set above. He released his first record, Where the Humans Eat, in 2004. 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.
The day Willy Mason was in town, the sun was out and the leaves hadn’t yet fallen. We shot this performance in the park beside OPB on October 24th.
Video Production: David Christensen with Marjorie Deocampo