Tucked away in London honing her sound for the past few years, Leah Mason is very pleased to announce that she will be stepping straight out of his studio and joining Nashville, Tennessee native Brendan Benson as main support on his August 2013 UK tour and a show at Paradiso in Amsterdam.
Leah wears her love for blues and rock and roll on her sleeve and has crafted her music over the past few years to become without a doubt one of the UK’s most talented female guitarists and powerhouse vocalists. She counts Janis Joplin, Patti Smith and Bonnie Raitt among her many role models and influences – a concoction that all makes sense once you hear her soul-imbued voice and dextrous guitar work.
It’s a trademark sound that saw her catch the attention of Brendan Benson last year as she headed to Nashville to record her forthcoming debut EP with The Raconteurs member, news of which will be announced shortly, and led to a personal invitation from the singer to join him on the upcoming tour dates.
“I don’t want to get caught up in comparisons to other girls with guitars who are out there at the minute” says Leah “I’m into Alison Mosshart, Janis Joplin, Courtney Love; essentially women who aren’t scared to show they don’t give a fuck.”
The young singer has already cut her teeth at a handful of high profile shows including slots with soulful UK sensation Michael Kiwanuka and an appearance at Secret Garden Party, so you can expect to hear plenty more from Leah Mason in the coming months.
August 2013 UK Tour Dates w/ Brendan Benson (click date to buy tickets):
Tue 20 The Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
Wed 21 UK, London, Dingwalls
Thu 22 UK, Manchester, The Ruby Lounge
Fri 23 UK, Newcastle, The Cluny
Sat 24 UK, Edinburgh, Electric Circus
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