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"Mason, a stunningly gifted young singer and songwriter. Mason has received critical acclaim for his debut CD Up, Up, Up, which is comprised entirely of original compositions. Mason spent his childhood accompanying his dad to fiddlers’ conventions, music festivals, concerts, and jams, where he soaked up not only his father’s music but that of countless others"- Virginia Folklife Program
"Mason is a songwriter, and he's an incredible musician, right?...Yeah he is he's incredible!" -Carl White, Life in the Carolinas
"Mason Via(Band) are local artists whose youthful energy and creative mix of genres typify good Americana music. Come ready to listen to great lyrics and dance to a rootsy beat.” - (Jessup Mill)
"Today Stokes County has a host of nationally recognized musical talent carrying on the tradition of excellence...including rising star Mason Via of the band Hot Trail Mix."
--The Oxford American
"Mason Via is a talented song-writer and multi-instrumentalist from North Carolina, making his mark across the region in coffee houses, concert venues and festivals and was the winner of Shakori Hills’ Fall 2014 band contest. With an impressive group of supporting musicians, you will hear an eclectic blend of funky folk, blues and jazz influenced covers that will make you want to get up and boogie. But his original compositions are the most surprising! Check out his first CD!"
--- Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival
"Mason Via is transcending musical genres with his unique brand of what has been described as Appalachian funky folk, soulful acoustic, rhythm and bluesgrass and groovy Americana. His debut album, “Up, Up, Up,” is an eclectic mix of Appalachian string instrumentation, world percussion and soulful vocals mixed with powerful songwriting. But it’s his country roots that come through the loudest and clearest when he hits the stage. No surprise really when you learn that the Danbury, North Carolina, native grew up in the shadow of Hanging Rock State Park in rural Stokes County on the banks of the Dan River.
---- The Huffington Post
"Brimming with Incredible Live Music!"-
Relish, Winston Salem Journal
I meet a lot of wonderful people as I travel the Carolina roads. Mason Via is one of those people. In a loud room, he shared a story about the power of music in his life.Posted by Life In The Carolinas TV Show on Saturday, January 16, 2016
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"The Mason Via Band is among the next wave of young musical talent coming out of Stokes County and the Piedmont of North Carolina. Using a combination of impressive musicianship with strong vocals, the group has a dedicated following that is growing with every performance. Equally impressive are the selections of uniquely crafted original songs along with cover favorites using a new twist. A new young groove, with an authentic sound, The Mason Via Band is no longer following the musical trends, but setting their very own."
--Stokes County Arts Council
"The Mason Via Band brings an intoxicating mix of booty shaking, foot-moving funk to the stage. Via, the college freshman who's been playing festivals and venues for more than 5 years, has an all-star cast including guitar, drums, bass, keys and pedal steel".
- Rives Theatre/ Roosterwalk
"Mason Via, a young man with thoughtful insight and a craftsman’s skill at song writing that is surprising given his tender age"
-Camel City Dispatch
Mason Via is a talented young singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist out of Danbury, NC, who is on his rise to stardom! Mason grew up going to fiddlers conventions and music festivals, where he was steeped in the rich Appalachian culture that surrounds the area. Picking and singing from an early age, Mason combines soulful high lonesome singing with virtuosic instrumental prowess. Mason's lyrics are also considered by many to be the driving force behind his band's music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics possess. You can find Mason touring with Hot Trail Mix (Bluegrass), the Mason Via Funk Band, in his duo projects (David & Mason Via, Tom Mindte & Mason Via), or solo.
In 2015 Mason released his first studio album, "Up, Up, Up." In 2018 Mason released 2 albums, "Live in the Library" by his bluegrass band Hot Trail Mix, and the self titled Tom Mindte and Mason Via duo album (Patuxent). In 2016 the talented young man completed a Virginia Folklife Songwriting apprenticeship. Mason has placed in contests and picked up ribbons for vocals and guitar at several fiddlers conventions and festivals throughout Appalachia. Mason Via is also a past winner of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival's band competition.
Notable past venues include: IBMA/Wide Open Bluegrass, Floydfest, Merlefest, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Fingerlakes Grassroots Festival, Richmond Folk Festival, Roosterwalk, Watermelon Park Fest, etc...