Willy Mason

Premier Concerts and Manic Presents:

Willy Mason

The Horse-Eyed Men, Seth Adam

Tue, May 1, 2018

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Space Ballroom (Front Room).

Hamden, CT


This event is all ages

Willy Mason
Willy Mason
Willy Mason is an easy character to romanticize. The direct descendent of philosopher William James (the brother of Henry James) and the son of two folk singers, Mason was only 19 when he released his first album, 2004s Where the Humans Eat. His single Oxygen, an unpretentious anti-materialism ode to the forgotten America, announced him as a fresh face of folk and peaked at Number 23 on the UK charts. Three years later, he released If the Ocean Gets Rough. Then, after years of touring, Mason took a break and returned to his hometown, Marthas Vineyard. Mason continues to record and release new music and has toured with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros among others.
The Horse-Eyed Men
The Horse-Eyed Men
The Horse-Eyed Men are a family band who play original, disgruntled Americana and country music. Raised by musical humans in a former candy store outside of Providence R.I., they have played for years throughout Europe and the U.S. under various monikers: The Cowboy Killers, The Rosewater Ladies, Tik Tok Laboratories, and recently with Spirit Family Reunion. Their music mixes spaghetti-western themes with cabaret, ragtime, and post-partum punk. Their first studio album, Grave Country, was recorded in Copenhagen on a grant from the Danish Arts Council. An EP on Jalopy Records’ Seven Inch Series and a new studio album recorded in Berlin Germany, The Uncanny Valley, are due out in 2018.
Seth Adam
Hello, my name is Seth Adam.

It is unconventional to offer the world a biography written in the first person. As the cliché goes, rules were meant to be broken...

I am a 41 year old singer/songwriter born and raised in Connecticut. I reside in the New Haven area. I’ve been playing music, in one form or another, since I was 5 years old. I got my start playing music in front of audiences when I was in the elementary school chorus. Rock & roll really got a hold of me just before my teen years, and I performed my first “rock & roll band” show at one of those old moose/elk/“insert animal type” halls when I was 14. I've been hooked ever since.

Here's the part where I tell you what I am currently doing with my career.

I spent a lot of 2016 writing and recording out of a hobbled together, home studio type thing (dubbed "The Shoebox”), playing all the instruments, recording, producing, and everything else-ing on my own. The result was an EP called East Rock. The experience inspired me to continue to do much of the same for 2017. As a result, I'm currently recording an all-acoustic version of my 2007 release, Where You Come From, in honor of the 10 year anniversary of its release. The acoustic version of Where You Come From is slated for an early 2018 release. Beyond that, work continues for my 4th studio album, to be released later in 2018.

Here's the part where I give you some history, drop some names, and tell you about some influences.

I describe my music as singer-songwriter/Americana/folk/rock. That’s a lot of sub genres, but probably the best way to characterize it. My earliest influences were Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Kenny Rogers. My dad used to play their records for me when I was a kid. Though the teenage years were my hair-metal, progressive-rock, and grunge phases, I find the music I write now to be the most heartfelt. My biggest influence is Counting Crows with Led Zeppelin coming in at a close second place. In recent years I’ve come to nearly deify The Beatles and Son Volt. Ryan Adams, Jason Isbell, and Wilco have also been tremendous influences on my work.

I love making music. It's how I make a living. It takes a lot of work and it pays off. In 2007, my song ‘Get Out’ was licensed to Volkswagen for their Sights & Sounds campaign. In 2008, NYC entertainment columnist Roger Friedman called me “the hardest-working, best live act in indie rock.” In 2010, I got a nice hometown nod from The New Haven Advocate’s reader’s poll, winning the Best Rock Band category. For my 2013 release, “Steel Tempered Pride,” I had the good fortune of working with David Immerglück (Counting Crows, Camper Van Beethoven). In 2016 I was nominated for Male Performer of the Year for The New England Music Awards, and again in 2017 for Songwriter Of The Year. Through the years, I’ve opened for Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, Grammy-winning Robert Cray, Tonic, Vertical Horizon, The Alternate Routes, Will Hoge, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), Ken and Drew from Sister Hazel, and Mayer Hawthorne.

I also like dogs. I think they're cool.

See you soon,

-Seth Adam, July 2017
Venue Information:
Space Ballroom (Front Room).
295 Treadwell Street
Hamden, CT, 06514