Brent Mason Biography
Brent Mason was born on July 13, 1959, in Van Wert, Ohio. At five years old, he taught himself to play guitar by ear. He moved to Nashville, Tennessee after graduating from high school, in order to pursue a career in country music. Eventually, he was discovered by country guitarist Chet Atkins, who invited him to play on his Stay Tuned album. From there, Mason went on to play on several other artists’ albums, including those of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, Blake Shelton and Neil Diamond. Mason also co-wrote singles for Clinton Gregory (“Play, Ruby, Play”) and McBride & the Ride (“Hurry Sundown”). His discography on allmusic.com shows his vast list of credits over his 25 year career in the studio.
Mason signed to Mercury Records in 1997, releasing an instrumental album entitled Hot Wired that year. This was his only major-label album. He made a decision to break his contract with Mercury records soon after to remain in Nashville and work in the recording studio as an A-List session guitarist rather than spend most of his time on the road touring and away from his family. He and his brother Randy released a second album, entitled Smokin’ Section, in 2006.
Brent produced, Faroe Island Country singer, Evi Tausen’s first album called Wishing Well, in 2011. The album has a duet with Evi Tausen and Grand Ole Opry star legend Jim Ed Brown and an old forgotten song that Vivian Cash wrote to Johnny Cash in 1956, but has been keep a secret ever since. The album was a big success in Scandinavia and Europe. See more on www.evitausen.com Although Brent works mainly as a studio musician he has produced several albums to date for artists like Erin James, Tommy Dalton, Cindy Kvinlaug and coproduced an album with Byron Gallimore for Clay Walker.
Full Name – Brent Steven Mason.
Birthday – 13th July.
Family – Daughter Zoe, wife Julie, step daughters Lauren and Hayley, brother Randy, parents Arlene and Doyt.
Favourite Guitarists. – Jerry Reed, Lenny Breau, Pat Martino, Roy Nichols, George Benson, Jeff Beck, Carlos Rios
and Larry Carlton.
Other Favourite Musicians – James Taylor, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn,
Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, John Mayer, Sting, Michael McDonald, Natalie Cole, Anita Baker, Michael Franks,
Steely Dan, Keith Jarrett, to name a few…
Big Break – Asked to play on the Chet Atkins album ‘Stay Tuned’ after impressing Chet in Nashville.
Awards – 1 Grammy, 14 times ACM and CMA winner, NAMMIE winner and multiple time Music
City Allstars Award.
Signature Products – Brent Mason Signature Guitar (Valley Arts 2003 – 2010), Wampler Pedals
Hot Wired Overdirve / Distrotion Pedal (2008 – 2010).
Albums – Hot Wired (1997), Smokin’ Section (2006).
Artists Recorded With – Alan Jackson, Alabama, Josh Turner, The Chipmunks, David Gates, Brooks & Dunn,
George Strait, Neil Diamond, Rascall Flatts, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Lorrie Morgan,
Brad Paisley, Clint Black, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Shelby Lynn, Tanya Tucker, Keith Whitley, Natalie Cole,
Trace Adkins, Terri Clark, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Reba McEntire, The Judds, LeeAnn Womack,
Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood and many many more…
Film Soundtracks Played On – 8 Seconds, A Few Good Men, America’s Sweethearts, Bridget Jones’s Diary,
Coyote Ugly, The Dukes of Hazzard, Everybody’s All American, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Fox and the Hound,
The Grinch, Home Alone, Home Alone II, Honeymoon in Vegas, Hope Floats, The Horse Whisperer,
Indecent Proposal, Life Goes On, Maverick, My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, Nadine, Next of Kin,
Perfect Witness, Pink Cadillac, Prince of Egypt, Pure Country, Scooby Doo, Son In Law, Something To Talk About,
The Thing Called Love, Tremors, Troop Beverly Hills and “W”…
TV Commercials Played On – Budweiser, Miller Brewing Company, Betty Crocker, Country Time Lemonade, Geico,
McDonalds, Dodge Trucks, Revlon, Sears, Michelob, Whirlpool, Ford Motor Company, and Wrangler Jeans,
to name just a few…
Television Soundtracks Played On – “Friends”, “Becker”, “King of the Hill”, and “Third Rock From the Sun”
and the popular opening to NFL Football telecasts (“Are You Ready for Some Football?”).