One of the most critically acclaimed musicians to date and a co-founder of
rock super-group Traffic, singer/songwriter/guitarist Dave Mason has finalized his most personal
effort in years with the release of 26 Letters and 12 Notes. The album has been six years in the making and was self-produced by
Mason and recorded in his California home studio. A soulful blend of Mason s rock and blues
influences, the album contains 12 tracks all of which feature Mason s singing and guitar
handiwork. The album will be sold through digital outlets and retail outlets nationwide from Out
The Box Records.
The album was self produced by Mason with help from Mark & Brian Pastoria (Harmonie Park),
Ron & Howard Albert (Miami Audio Vision), Ted Perlman, Tre Perry, and Phil Bonanno. The
title, 26 Letters and 12 Notes, refers to the number of letters in the alphabet and the number of
notes involved in western music. Mason feels a great sense of confidence in this album and
calls it what he believes to be his best work yet. He says, For me, I think it is probably one of
the better albums I ve ever done and I think I m probably at the height of my vocal abilities right
In 1967, English musician Dave Mason first found fame with the renowned rock group Traffic,
the band with which he penned his classic hit Feelin Alright. That was just the beginning of a
musical journey that would span four decades and countless successes. Throughout his 40 year
career, Mason has played with some of the most popular musicians of his era including Jimi
Hendrix, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Fleetwood Mac
and Mama Cass Elliot. Mason is most well known for the hit single Feelin Alright , which he
recorded with Traffic in 1968. In 1969, Mason headed to the USA to embark upon a solo career
which resulted in his increasing rise to stardom and the popular hits Only You Know And I
Know And We Just Disagree along with Every Woman, from the platinum albums Alone
Together and Let It Flow. Let It Flow, has gone multi-platinum in its time and We Just
Disagree, which is featured on this album was a top-ten single.
The new album contains twelve new tracks, including Good 2 U , Let Me Go , How Do I Get
to Heaven (featuring Willie Nelson on guitar), One Day , Ain t Your Legs Tired Baby , Pink
Lipstick , Passing Thru The Flame , You re Standing In My Light , That s Love (featuring
Shelia E), El Toro , World of Hunger and Full Circle and Then . These new tracks are
classic Dave mixing soulful vocals and expert guitar handiwork. Dave describes the album as
an eclectic blend of old classic rock with blues-tinged rhythm.
Dave and his band, which consists of, Gerald Johnson (bass), John Sambataro (guitar), Alvino
Bennett (drums) and Bill Mason (Keyboard), continue to travel and perform anywhere from 80-
100 shows annually.