Musician Tom Mason Is Having Time of His Life -- as a Pirate

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Musician Tom Mason Is Having Time of His Life -- as a Pirate


Walsh, Jim, MinnPost.com


Tom Mason was a fixture on the Twin Cities rock scene throughout the '80s, playing with Paul Westerberg in their short-lived pop outfit Rock Island, touring with songwriter/guitarist Jeff Waryan in Figures, and gigging with his own bands Dream Diesel, The Kingpins, and Mile One. In 1991 he moved to Chicago, and a couple years later he landed in Nashville, where songwriters migrate to and breed like tribbles.

"When I first was in Nashville, I lived in an office on Music Row with a publisher," said Mason, nursing a coffee at Anodyne Coffeeshop in South Minneapolis last week. "I'd sit up in the front window looking out at the Warner Bros. building across the street and I'd watch all these songwriters walking in with their guitars, and a few minutes later they'd come out with their dreams dead. After a while I decided I wanted something to fall back on. So I took up acting."

At this, with a permanent twinkle in his eyes, Mason lets go an easy and jolly laugh - one befitting Santa Claus or a man who admits to "having the time of my life" as a working pirate.

Aye matey, ye heard right: A pirate. And a damn charming one, to boot.

It was 2007 when actor-musician Mason was on tour with the Johnny Cash-inspired musical "Ring Of Fire" that he found himself at post- gig jams messing around with a pirate accent and making up tunes. Some of the cast members encouraged him to write a pirate musical, but Mason's vision was of a band that played and recorded original pirate songs, and Tom Mason & The Blue Buccaneers was born.

"There's all kinds of pirate festivals, maritime festivals, tall ships festivals everywhere," said Mason, who will perform Wednesday (today) and Thursday (10:45, noon, and 1:15) at the State Fair's International Bazaar Stage. "Every gig is fun. In my career, I've never wanted to give myself to one style of music. This 'genre' is wide open, because [pirates] travel around the world, and I can use little aspects of all kinds of world music. At first it was kind of a Pogues approach; Celtic and Irish and Scottish music played by rock musicians. But now it's like, throw in a little gypsy, a little Afro-Caribbean ..."

The hornswagglin' bastard is talking about pillaging and looting from other cultures, but Mason does so with much more creativity and authenticity than, say, the myriad Captain Jack Black impersonators he finds trolling the pirate circuit. …

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