2019 – Wide Mouth Mason
By Phillip Smith; March 14, 2020
Wide Mouth Mason, a blues-rooted duo formed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1995, is comprised of guitarist/vocalist Shaun Verreault and percussionist/vocalist Safwan Javed. I Wanna Go With You, their eighth release, features a dozen impressive songs fortified with poignant lyrics and tight musicianship. Verreault, a master of slide guitar, embraces a threestyle technique which consists of wearing three slides with rounded tips. It definitely sounds amazing on both his resonator/dobro, and electric lap steel.
A catchy hook and lush slide guitar from Verreault beckon me to join their journey forged with “Bodies in Motion”. Vancouver hip-hop artist Tonye Aganaba lends her remarkable voice to “Every Red Light”. This is a spectacular song bathed in pop and slathered with a bit of grease. The imagery effortlessly spills from the lyrics. “High Road” is a stunning blues track. The sound of the dobro rings clear and sounds great with slide backer. I love “Some Kind of Requiem” which boasts an intense rhythm, magnificent picking, and gospel-inspired vocals. “Erase Any Trace”, cowritten by David Gogo, is another excellent blue-soaked song. It’s swampy and fantastic. Wide Mouth Mason fabulously cover David Bowie’s 1983 chart-topping hit “Modern Love”. They give it a bluesy makeover with a dab of harp from Shawn “The Harpoonist” Hall.
With a primary theme of traveling, I Wanna Go With You makes for a great listen on the road. Each song, solid as a rock, the album makes for one hell of a listen.
For more information about the artist, visit this website : https://widemouthmason.com/