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Preview Mon Jan 14 2013
If you search about Willy Mason online, soon enough you will come across somebody calling him a "new [Bob] Dylan." This is unfair because nobody deserves that burden. But it's not completely out of line. The 28-year old Massachusetts native's bluesy folk invites comparisons to some of the best who've preceded him. His rich voice sounds years beyond his true age and he has a knack for descriptive scene-setting in his songs, whether it's lovely or the dregs. His most recent album, Carry On, has Mason moving in a slightly different direction with Dan Carey at the helm. (Carey has produced for Franz Ferdinand and Bat for Lashes, among others.) But all of the good stuff from his previous albums carries over.
Gapers Block's giving away a pair of tickets to see Willy Mason at Old Town School of Folk Music with Paul Kelly on Thursday. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Carry On" in the subject line for a chance to win. [Update: We have a winner. Enjoy the show, Kristin! And thanks for reading and writing in, everyone.]
Mason opens for Kelly at the Old Town School of Folk Music's Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall at 4544 N. Lincoln Ave. on January 17. The show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $22 for the public, $20 for members.