LINK CENTRE IN TUPELO: Bart Mason Band on stage Friday

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – There’s a lazy little melody in lounging back and letting life happen, and that’s a big part of the Bart Mason Band’s sound.
The band’s approach to music is as laid-back as its go-with-the flow attitude.
That might have something to do with the way the band came together in the first place. Mason was asked to perform at a festival, and he asked a few fellow musicians to form a band with him.
“I asked a few people who I knew could pull it off, and it sounded so good in practice we decided to keep it,” Mason said.
The 38-year-old Tupelo musician called on drummer Matt Cutlip and dobro player Jonathan Simmons; the band has a revolving bass player.
“If it leans toward anything, stylistically, it leans toward Americana,” Mason said of his band’s style. The group covers everything from the Carter Family to Bill Withers.
“You come away hearing something new or something familiar, you just can’t put your finger on it,” he said.
Mason insists he’s just a hobbyist, that music isn’t his main focus in life. Still, he has a passion for playing music with other folks, and following the musical path forged by others.
“I try to let (Simmons) improv and let him explore as much as he wants to,” Mason said. “We definitely have enough chemistry to branch out. It does happen, and we try to let it happen.”
With a band that’s just a couple of months old, it’s too soon to call it a jam band, he said. After all, the guys are just enjoying music.
“We’re having fun with the opportunity to play. It’s hard to really expect, with work and kids, to expect to play two or three times a week,” he said, “but two gigs a month? I feel like a rock star. I take it one gig at a time.”

• Bart Mason Band

• 7:30pm Friday

• Link Centre Tupelo

• $10 adults / $5 students

• (662) 690-4011

• Also performing at the Blue Canoe in Tupelo on June 30.