Wide Mouth Mason
Wide Mouth Mason (1995-present): a Hard Rock band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
aking its name from the jar of the same name, Wide Mouth Mason independently released their first album, The Nazarene (1996). Although only 2,500 copies were pressed, the debut drew interest from major labels; it would be the re-release of the album that attracted the attention of 'Warner Music' Canada. The first major label album would be the band's eponymous release in 1997. This second release established the group's fusion of pop, rock and blues (emphasis on blues) to yield the hit singles Midnight Rain, My Old Self, and This Mourning. The album would go gold in Canada.
Wide Mouth Mason would then release Where I Started (1999), a continuance of its prior sound, but adding elements of jazz and world music; like its predecessor, this album attained gold status in Canada. The album's lead single, Why, backed with scratches and cuts from childhood friend and DJ Muchi Mambo, was a hit in Canada, and was followed by two other hits, Companion (Lay Me Down) and Sugarcane.
Stew (2000) was more pop-oriented than their previous efforts, but also eclectic.
In 2002, Wide Mouth Mason returned with two albums. The first, Rained Out Parade, featured a heavier emphasis on blues, a deliberate lo-fi production style, specifically on the title track. The second album, the compilation, Greatest Hits, was released only in China.
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Their albums were not selling enough for 'Warner', however, and the contract was left to expire. The band then signed a license agreement with indie 'Curve Music' in 2004. The following year, the band would again release two albums, this time on the same day. First to come was The Essentials, a greatest-hits album, and the next was Shot Down Satellites, a new studio release featuring a hard rock-centered style and the single I Love Not Loving You.
In 2006, Shaun Verreault released his solo debut then, Earl Pereira left the band to concentrate on his own act, The Steadies (formerly Mobadass), which he has fronted since 2005.
In 2010, Wide Mouth Mason supported ZZ Top with Grady/Big Sugar front-man Gordie Johnson on bass; less than a year later, he joined full time.
No Bad Days (2011) followed.
In 2019, the group released the heavily blues-influenced album I Wanna Go With You. The record prominently features Verreault's "Tri-Slide" technique, using three slides on his fretting hand playing a guitar mounted on a stand, face up, as well as other lap-steel and dobro-style instruments.
2022 the act played the massive Burlington Sound of Music festival.
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Wide Mouth Mason perform at the Sound of Music festival, Burlington, Ontario, Canada. June 18, 2022.
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