Wide Mouth Mason will be part of the Guitar Strings and Kidney Things fundraiser in Hamilton, Ontario on October 21, 2023. Check out the venue, Bridgeworks, for further details!
When one thinks of the With their raw and unadulterated style, Wide Mouth Mason have caused a worldwide sensation over the past three decades. As one of Canada’s most successful rock exports, the duo are an authority for connoisseurs of thoughtful yet driving guitar music and have stood the test of time again and again. With a sound that lies somewhere between alternative rock and pop, earthy blues and brilliant jam-band excursions, Wide Mouth Mason have managed to re-invent themselves over and over throughout the years without losing their signature sound. Sometimes, jazz and world music are integrated, as on “Where I Started” (1999), or specific genres may be explored more in-depth, as on the bluesy “I Wanna Go With You”(2019). The fact that the musicians have been on tour with legends as big as the Rolling Stones and ZZ Top speaks to their deserved reputation. Now, their ninth studio album – “Late Night Walking” – is in the starting blocks.
Wide Mouth Mason formed in 1995 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and released their debut album, The Nazarene, in 1996, drawing immediate interest and attention from the Canadian music industry. It was re-recorded songs from that debut, as well as some new songs on their 1997 self-titled sophomore recording that cemented a major label record deal, Gold status in Canada, a JUNO nomination for Best New Group, and launched the career of one of the country’s most popular blues-based rock bands.
And the hits kept coming… In the years to follow, Wide Mouth Mason had another Gold record with 1999’s Where I Started, and another JUNO nomination for Best Rock Album for their Y2K release Stew, two invitations to perform at the esteemed Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland as well as extensive tours with AC/DC, ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones. Not too shabby for a couple of Canadian kids on the Prairies.
Fast forward to the present, where we find Wide Mouth Mason as a duo with original members Shaun Verreault on vocals, guitars, and Safwan Javed on percussions and vocals.
“The blues has always been one of the musical primary colours for us – the middle ten letters of our alphabet – but on this album we just dove all the way into it”, says Verreault. “People familiar with our work may be expecting a blues centric record by us to be one of those “six choruses slinging incendiary strat solos over a slow 12-bar classic” kind of records. And though I like some of those records, this ain’t that.”