Dave Mason's career spans over 30 years and has encompassed producing, performing, and song writing. At age 18, the Worcester, England native was one of the founding members of the group Traffic. While with Traffic, and only 19 years old, Mason penned the song Feelin' Alright. The group's profound influence over rock music remains unquestioned even today.
Mason left Traffic after their second album. In 1969, Dave headed for the U.S. to pursue a solo career. He struck gold with the album Alone Together (considered to be a rock and roll classic). Three more albums followed this for CBS/Sony, Dave Mason, Let It Flow, and Mariposa De Oro, all of which received gold records.
In addition to performing to sold-out audiences, Mason performed on a number of albums such as The Rolling Stones' Beggar's Banquet,George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, Paul McCartney's Listen To What The Man Said and Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland. One of the songs from the Electric Ladyland album, All Along The Watchtower, featured Dave playing guitar. In October of 1993, Dave Masonformally joined the legendary group Fleetwood Mac and spent two years touring with them around the world.
The band completed an album for Warner Brothers called Time, which was released in October 1995, and features Dave's lead vocals on songs including Blow By Blow and I Wonder Why. In 1996 Dave returned to touring with his own band, which included former Three Dog Night bassist Rich Campbell. In 1998, he toured with Traffic band-mate Jim Capaldi, and now is performing as The Dave Mason Band throughout North America,which includes Alex Drizos (Bass), John Sambataro (guitar), Alvino Benett (Drums) & Bill Mason (Keyboards).
Dave's Involvement with RKS Guitars
Dave has been involved with the design team almost from the very start and is known around the design studio as the 'not yet guy.' That means, we keep bringing him designs and ideas and he goes 'it's cool, but...not yet. Take it back and do this.' In short, Dave's job is to take the designs and actually make them sound, work, and feel the way a guitar should feel and sound to a professional musician. Dave's contributions to the project have taken the guitars from being in the league of being a guitar that you would go out and buy for your kid to a guitar that you will go out and play in concert.