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Editors’ Notes

Mason Jennings has an offhand musical way about him where he tosses off his lines as if he isn’t noticing the care he put into writing them. It’s a charming, understated way of drawing a crowd, and those who've followed his career have been treated to a great many unassuming classics, usually strummed on an acoustic guitar and little else. “Patti and Robert” regards the relationship between Patti Smith and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, which Smith beautifully chronicled in her National Book Award–winning memoir Just Kids; Jennings wrote a reaction based in love and empathy. “Instrument” goes even further into Jennings’ desire to be everything to everyone—or to one lucky person. Always Been is produced by guitarist Bo Ramsey, who creates a small-band feel behind Jennings on the piano and strings with backing vocals of “Number of the Sun” and a fuller guitar-harmonica-piano-drums shuffle for “So Good.” The joy here is so simple and natural that Jennings often captures a childlike wonder not unlike Jonathan Richman's.

Customer Reviews

"Wilderness" & "Patti and Robert"

Mason Jennings delivers another solid album; those two are the standouts.

Always been

Another Mason album written with a ton of heart and soul. I feel like I can relate to every track. Well done sir.

Excellence

Love the backup vocals/haromonizing. I look forward to every new Mason album and once again no disappointment. Love the topics and themes of the album. Very poignant lyrics and Mason always seems to be able to sing about the most delicate of topics but in the most careful and beautiful way.

Biography

Born: 1975 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Singer/songwriter Mason Jennings blends the personal insights of a poet, the political broadsides of a protest singer, and the broad musical eclecticism of a jazz musician with a rock & roller's passion. The result made him one of the most talked-about new artists on the acoustic music scene and earned him a loyal cult following, as he moved over 30,000 copies of his first two albums and sold out shows around the country without the benefit of a major-label publicity department. Jennings was born...
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