What do you get when you combine two of the East Coast’s most talented young bluesmen? You get the brilliant double bill featuring Juno-winner Garrett Mason and next gen guitar slinger Keith Hallett?
Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by blues music.
Garrett’s debut CD spotlights his talent for strong original songs, a voice that is reminiscent of a veteran performer and his extraordinary aptitude for playing electric guitar. Garrett’s original talent was awarded in 2005 when he received a Juno for Best Blues Album. Garrett’s band released their sophomore album Love and Sound in July 2008 which was nominated for a Juno Award. The album won Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia and Industry Awards. He has also been nominated for Maple Blues Awards every year since 2004, most recently winning Guitar Player of the Year this year.
Keith’s natural prowess in the genre shines through with his howlin’, growlin’ and soulful vocals, and the impressive guitar licks and slides that have made him a household name in the East Coast blues community.
Keith Hallett won the 2007 Harvest CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, and was nominated for Maple Blues Award for new artist of the year at only 17 years old. His 2008 debut album Bear With Me was heralded as “head and shoulders above at least half the blues discs that have come out this year by older veterans,” and he has begun work on his sophomore album, produced by and featuring Mason.
Joining Garrett & Keith will be Ray J. Junior on bass and Chuck Bucket on drums.