Round Hill Music and Richmond locals, the Mason Brothers announced the arrival of their single “Falling Apart.”
Taking equal inspiration from Elliott Smith, Wilco, and Pink Floyd; Mason Brothers are a contemporary roots band whose music bridges the gap between rock & roll, 1970s British folk and 21st century Americana. The band began as a partnership between Christian and James Mason, two Virginia-born brothers who grew up in Richmond and attended college at the nearby University of Virginia. Mason Brothers made their official debut with 2008’s The Sun, the Moon & the Sea, a stark album that focused on the band’s strengths: nimble guitar fingerpicking, subtle arrangements, and understated, softly sung melodies.
A flurry of TV and movie placements helped promote the band’s music outside of Virginia. By the time their sophomore release Ghost Season rolled around in 2011, Mason Brothers had expanded their sound considerably, adding louder dynamics and a touch of Pink Floyd’s spacey rock & roll to the mix. Ghost Season attracted its own share of publicity, including a ringing endorsement from iTunes, who showcased the self-produced album as a “New and Noteworthy” release on the iTunes store home page. Meanwhile, the band continued writing new songs, added pianist/songwriter Ben Willson to the lineup, and cracked the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in Fall 2012 with their single “Game of Cards.” That song helped pave the way for their third album, Ivy in The Orange Grove, which arrived later that year.