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Brent Mason is one of the most recorded guitarists in history. As well as being a Grammy Award winning artist he is
also 14 times winner of the Academy of Country Music, the CMA (being nominated every year since 1991), a NAMMIE
winner and for many years has won the annual Music City Allstars Award (the musician that has played on most songs
on the radio in respect of the top ten for the entire year).

Brent was born and raised in the city of Van Wert, Ohio. Born into a musical family, he taught himself to play guitar at
five years old by sitting on the floor and using a butter knife to play his father's acoustic like a slide (the instrument
was too large for him to hold and play normally). He has never had a music lesson and is unable to read music to this
day, playing instead ‘by ear’.

After leaving High School, he started working at a tool box factory. While there he witnessed many co-workers injure
their hands, lose fingers and in one case lose their entire hand. The final straw came when he riveted a hole
completely through his thumb in the middle of his thumbnail. Brent realized that if he was ever going explore his
musical gift fully he had to leave the factory and pursue his dream before he too lost the use of his hands
permanently. Brent left for Nashville at the age of 21 with a hole punched completely through his thumb.

Brent found the first few years very hard. He met up with his only industry contact, Paul Franklin (the session steel
guitar player) who he had met while living in Ohio. Paul and Brent became firm friends and Paul helped Brent learn the
Nashville ropes.

It was Paul Franklin’s brother-in-law, Gregg Galbraith, who led Brent to land his first regular gig in Nashville, The Stage
Coach Lounge. Besides keeping food on the table for about five years, this job opened some important doors for him in
the music community; as by being seen on a regular basis by the inhabitants of Guitar Town.

After playing the club for two years, Brent heard guitar icon Chet Atkins was coming to listen to them. Brent: “I said
‘Sure he is’. Then in walks Chet himself! He sat at the table closest to the stage and just watched me play. It was the
most exciting thing to happen to me yet!” A month later, Chet stopped by again, and this time brought George Benson
with him. Through these meetings, Chet asked Brent to play on his album, Stay Tuned. This project was Brent’s first
master session and included legendary guitar greats such as George Benson, Mark Knopfler and Earl Klugh. From
there on in, Brent worked more sessions, and has since gone on to be probably the first call session guitarist working
out of Nashville at the present time (In a sentimental twist of fate, Twelve years after being exposed to the world by Chet
Atkins, Chet did Brent the honor of joining him playing the solo, so beautiful in its simplicity, on the song My Little
Ballerina on Hot Wired. Chet confided to Brent shortly before his death in 2001 that My Little Ballerina was his last
recorded work).

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working out of Nashville in a career lasting over 25 years. the silver/grey 1968 Fender Telecaster (as modified by luthier Joe Glaser). Vince Gill. Shania Twain. rock and funk styles. Lenny Breau. George Strait. In 1996.com/bio4. Terri Clark. formed ‘The Players’. Pink Cadillac. Scooby Doo. Brent and four other hugely respected Nashville based session musicians.brentmason. Brent pulled out of the deal with Mercury. Mercury made the decision to stop printing "Hot Wired" after the second printing. Tremors. Betty Crocker. After many attempts. Brent is well-known and respected throughout the music industry. Brent has played on commercials for: Budweiser. After many years of working 5-7 day weeks in various studios and missing the buzz of performing live. The Horse Whisperer. Trisha Yearwood and many. as he was reluctant to take himself away from home (and lucrative session work) to promote and tour the album. and "Third Rock From the Sun". George Benson. Son In Law. Latin. Maverick. Something To Talk About. A Few Good Men. Designed to replicate the unique pickup configuration and overall style. film sound tracks and television scores. "King of the Hill". Alabama. Pat Martino. Brent. He cites some of his main influences as Jerry Reed.Brent Mason | Nashville Session Musician | Guitar Player | Musician |Official Site | Biography 15/12/11 12:24 Brent is now predominantly known for his work as a session guitarist." Taking a bit here and a bit there from each of his influences. Neil Diamond. Miller Brewing Company. In the search to try and find an overdrive/distortion pedal sound Brent was looking for it became obvious that there was not a pedal available to produce that “sound”. Dodge Trucks. John Hobbs http://www. Martina McBride. is a virtuoso musician who is more at home playing jazz. Brent’s iconic workhorse guitar. The Chipmunks. Willie Nelson. Prince of Egypt. Home Alone. Keeping up with ever changing technology. Coyote Ugly. Indecent Proposal.!! This is it…!”. Shelby Lynn. Country Time Lemonade. blues. Randy Travis. many more. Home Alone II. Geico. This album has gone on to become the bench mark for telecaster players worldwide. Merle Haggard. Brooks & Dunn. build/finish quality and striking appearance. in reality. The Grinch. Tim McGraw. Revlon. Keith Whitley. The general release version is the same pedal that Brent takes into the studio on a daily basis. Lorrie Morgan. Toby Keith. Next of Kin. Reba McEntire. he has composed a catalogue registered with BMI of over one hundred original instrumentals which can be heard with regularity on television programs. A list of the movie soundtracks he has played on to date includes: 8 Seconds. swing. Tanya Tucker.html Página 2 de 3 . "Becker". George Jones. Brent has recorded with (to name but a few): Alan Jackson. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys. Trace Adkins. movie soundtracks. Pure Country. Although currently his name is synonymous with Country Music (a result of appearing on so many records in this genre). The Fox and the Hound. Faith Hill. He also can be heard on countless movie and television soundtracks. It has been said that it is partly due to Brent's influence that country music was re-energized and soared back into popularity in the 1990's. Life Goes On. Clint Black. producing officially endorsed signature products. in 2006 PG Music released the instruction program “Brent Mason – Guitar Star”. Everybody's All American. Guitar Player Magazine has Brent as one of the world's top ten Masters of the Telecaster/Titans of the Tele. Brent has also worked very closely with Brain Wampler of Wampler Pedals. Perfect Witness. the instrument has become known for it tonal diversity. Soon afterwards. Brent: “I have never pursued fame. ring tones. Travis Tritt. his playing can also be heard on countless TV commercials. Brian decided he would have to design a pedal from scratch to satisfy Brent’s exacting ear. Jeff Beck and Larry Carlton. classical. playing music for other artist's albums instead of his own. Not only can he be heard on a high proportion of the country Top 10 at any given time. LeeAnn Womack. Mercury shelved the masters. Brian has modifed existing pedals and constructing and wiring up Brent’s large (4’ by 2’) studio pedal board. he combined them into his own emerging unique style. Rascall Flatts.00 for a used copy on EBay and Amazon. entitled "Brother to Brother. He was also inspired in his teens by a more obscure guitarist named Carlos Rios after he heard him on a Gino Vanelli album released in the mid 70's. His masterful and versatile playing of electric. Roy Nichols. Bridget Jones’s Diary. Brad Paisley. Wampler Pedals released the “Hot Wired” pedal that is exactly to Brent’s specifications. Hope Floats. "Hot Wired" has become one of the most sought after out-of-print discs on the market. and commercials. Dolly Parton. like the popular television sitcoms: "Friends". Ford Motor Company. and when the album sold out. and Wrangler Jeans. Although his name is not always recognized by general music fans. Brian produced his latest prototype and Brent said “Oh yeah. Brent’s prolific recorded output and solid reputation has enabled Brent to work with manufacturers." Over the years. Brent released “Brent Mason – Nashville Chops and Western Swing Guitar” through Hot Licks Productions. one day. Consisting of Brent. The Judds. released in 2003. acoustic and classical guitar sets the bar of excellence for professional and aspiring guitarists alike. which was nominated for a Grammy Award. The Thing Called Love. Brent released his debut instrumental album "Hot Wired" on Mercury Records in 1997. Natalie Cole. Over the years. singer and songwriter” He opted to bypass a chance at possible fame and mainstream celebrity to continue his studio career as a session musician. In addition. America's Sweethearts. easily bringing in excess of $150. Nadine. Josh Turner. I just wanted to be known as a musician’s musician. was reproduced by Gibson/Valley Arts in the form of the Brent Mason Signature. Whirlpool. This has subsequently been re- released on DVD by Music Sales.. and the popular opening to NFL Football telecasts ("Are You Ready for Some Football?"). Troop Beverly Hills and "W". McDonalds. to name just a few. His technique and the theoretical approach to his style have been studied extensively from places as diverse as the Berklee College of Music and countless internet forums and online lessons. Ferris Bueller's Day Off. David Gates. Sears. Honeymoon in Vegas. Michelob. The Dukes of Hazzard.

Brent continues to work at an astonishing rate in studio.brentmason. It is within this album that you really hear Brent’s love for his instrument and feel his compassion to the music he loves. To date they have released a studio album (1999) with a live DVD following on in 2004. The band play regularly in at ‘3rd and Lindsley’ in Nashville as well as foreign tours and other one off festivals. and more western swing than country. To this day. Travis Tritt. at gigs with ‘The Players‘ or solo gigs around the world. 2006 saw the collaboration of Brent and his brother Randy. Michael Rhodes (bass). The live DVD features special guests Vince Gill. yet technically accomplished playing. To date.com/bio4. Peter Frampton and many others.Brent Mason | Nashville Session Musician | Guitar Player | Musician |Official Site | Biography 15/12/11 12:24 (keyboards). © Brent Mason Enterprises. The album is a personal look and tribute to the music they both love and grew up listening to.html Página 3 de 3 . Eddie Bayers Jr (drums) and Brent’s old friend Paul Franklin (steel). Shawn Colvin. it’s more jazz than western swing. to write and release the album “Smokin’ Section”. Inc. Home | Biography | Products | Media | Pictures | Links http://www. this album contains some of his most soulful.