Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dave Mason, best known as founding member of the group TRAFFIC and classic rock hits such as “We Just Disagree,” “Only You And I Know,” and “Feeling Alright,” returns to The Ridgefield Playhouse on Friday, July 1, 2022 at 8:00pm as part of the Pepsi Rock Series Driven by North American Motor Car. Kick off your holiday weekend with dinner and a show – visit The Lantern (378 Main Street, Ridgefield) and enjoy a complimentary draft beer or glass of wine with your entrée when tickets are presented! Dave Mason is a featured artist of media sponsor i95fm – the Home of Rock and Roll.
The legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist has been touring and recording regularly since he co-founded Traffic in 1966, after which he went on to a successful and acclaimed solo career as well as recording and/or touring with artists including Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney & Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Fleetwood Mac and more. Dave Mason’s career spans several important rock eras, and encompasses his work as a producer, performer, songwriter, and consummate guitarist. Mason left Traffic in 1969 to pursue a solo career in the United States. Dave has penned over 100 songs, has three Gold albums: Alone Together, Dave Mason, Mariposa De Oro, and the Platinum Album Let It Flow, which contains the Top 10 single “We Just Disagree.”
In addition to cranking out hits, Dave has performed on, or contributed to, a number of famous albums, including: The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, Paul McCartney & Wings’ Venus and Mars, and Jim Hendrix’ Electric Ladyland. Mason is featured playing acoustic guitar in “All Along The Watchtower” on Electric Ladyland, which is a favorite in Dave’s live shows!
It may be a surprised to fans, but Mason who got started on the guitar as a teenager, did not take lessons and doesn’t read or write music. He wrote the song “Feeling Alright” when he was 20 year old. Originally released in 1968, Mason spent part of the pandemic lockdown rerecording it with a few very accomplished friends, including Mick Fleetwood, Sammy Hagar, and some Doobie Brothers.
In 2020, Mason released a 50th Anniversary Remake of his first classic album Alone Together. The rerecorded version was produced by Mason (vocals/guitar) and an amazing cast of collaborators including Johnne Sambataro (guitar/background vocals), Alvino Bennett (drums), Tony Patler (keyboard/bass), along with special guests John McFee, Jason Roller, Jonathan McEuen, Gretchen Rhodes, Billy Reynolds, Jesse Siebenberg, Teddy Jack Russell, and Billy Mason. “The main reason I wanted to reimagine this album was that I was never quite satisfied with how my vocals sounded. I like the songs and I like the performances, but I was so young, and it was my first solo album. The older I got the more the vocals bothered me and so I finally thought that I would sing the songs the way I first imagined them when I wrote them.” Mason adds, “It may have taken me 50 years, but I am now truly satisfied with all of the songs, and I really count this as one of my most satisfying artistic achievements.”
For more information or to purchase touchless print at home ticket ($65-75) go online at www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or, you can visit or call the box office (203) 438-5795. The Ridgefield Playhouse is a non-profit performing arts center located at 80 East Ridge, parallel to Main Street, Ridgefield, CT and is committed to keeping the arts alive and available to all.