David Thomas "Dave" Mason is an English singer-songwriter and guitarist from Worcester, who first found fame with the rock band Traffic. In his long career, Dave Mason has played and recorded with many of the era's most notable pop and rock musicians, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Steve Winwood, Fleetwood Mac, Delaney Bramlett, and Cass Elliot. Mason's best known song is "Feelin' Alright", recorded by Traffic in 1968 and later by many other performers, including Joe Cocker, who had a major hit with the song in 1969. For Traffic, he also wrote "Hole in My Shoe", a psychedelic pop song that became a hit in its own right. "We Just Disagree", Mason's 1977 solo US hit written by Jim Krueger, has become a staple of US Classic Hits and Adult Contemporary radio playlists.
Mason was a friend of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix, whose career was launched in England in 1966. Hendrix first heard the song "All Along the Watchtower", by Bob Dylan, at a party to which he was invited by Mason, and promptly decided to record his own version. That night he recorded the song at Olympic Studios, South West London, with Mason playing 12-string acoustic guitar. According to session engineer Eddie Kramer, it took Mason about 27 takes to get his part recorded satisfactorily, because he had difficulty mastering the tricky rhythmic 'turnaround' in the introduction. The song was released on the Electric Ladyland album in September 1968. When it came out as a single in October, it hit No. 5 on the UK Singles Chart and was a Top 40 in the U.S. Mason later recorded his own version of the song on his self-titled 1974 album, Dave Mason, with Bob Glaub on bass.
In 2004, Mason was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of Traffic.
In 2014, Dave released “Future’s Past,” an album containing new material and re-recorded and re-imagined classics. To purchase the album, please visit http://www.davemasonmusic.com/albums/futures-past
Currently, Dave is touring with his Traffic Jam World Tour. For more information, please visithttp://www.davemasonmusic.com/tour