Mason Brown & The Shiners may not be a household name, but these boys have been around the block a dozen times over. Each and every one of them have played everywhere from honky tonks and late night dives to big stages flooded with bright lights. They don’t do it for the money and they sure as hell don’t do it for the fame…they do it for the love of music.
As you’ll hear on the self-titled debut EP, Mason Brown, singer/songwriter/guitarist, writes songs that seem to strike a chord with hard working, blue collar, everyday common folk. From the all-too-true story of “American Farmer” to the heartfelt emotion found in “Momma” to the get up and raise a little hell in “Country As A Day Is Long”, Mason’s songs can often times be seen like a movie reel if you close your eyes & listen. His homegrown style of country is influenced by everything from country classics, outlaws & rebels, southern rock and a touch of bluegrass. He has a suitcase full of songs and a hundred more in his head, so stay tuned.
Few times in life will you ever find the loyalty and dedication that Mason has found in The Shiners. Ian Lyons has been there from the beginning. Raised in a home full of musicians by a professional jazz bassist, Ian was a rock star…until he met Mason. The two hit it off like brothers. Mason played him a few of his songs, asked him if he’d like to come play some country music and Ian has been playing bass right by Mason’s side, as steady as the sun, ever since. A few months into it, Chris “Ramblin’ Jake” Jacobson comes along with that big ‘ol smile & fiddle in hand. This guy does whatever it takes to make the song. In addition to fiddle, he plays mandolin, harp and banjo from time to time. Most times he is the voice of reason, but he’s been known to raise a little hell every now & then. Next Shiner up, Big Bobby Elliott. What can you say, he’s just a good ‘ol boy from the hills of Virginia. He & Mason both have roots in Franklin County (Moonshine Capitol of the World), so they hit it off and immediately felt like kin. Bobby is yet another multi-talented Shiner. Behind the drums is where he calls home here, but don’t let him fool ya, this boy can sing, play guitar & blow the harp like it ain’t nobody’s business…yeah, he’s that guy! Finally, one night while hanging out at their local watering hole, Mason & Ian happened to catch this guitar picker who was sitting in with the “Tuesday Night Choir”. About 30 seconds into the first tune, Mason turned to Ian and said, “that’s him!”. After a quick introduction, they all got together, played a few songs and just like that, Tom Helm was a Shiner. His style, insight, knowledge and natural guitar ability is the spice that finished off this big ‘ol pot of country gumbo. His goofy nature & incredible sense of humor is why his nickname is “Cray Cray”. Gotta love it!
In a relatively short period of time, Mason Brown & The Shiners have become the house band at Victorian Station aka “The Big Pink”, been named The Official Band of Langley Speedway & AM1490 The Outlaw-Real Country Radio, was nominated for Best Local Country Band at the 2015 & 2016 Veer Music Awards, appeared on local TV & radio, gained the attention of press & media and made many “fans turned friends” along the way . The funny thing is, they’re just getting started!! Come on y’all, let’s keep this train rollin’…join the mailing list, buy a CD, get some merch, put a sticker on your hot rod (or wherever else you want), go see them live, show some love and spread the word…just do something, for the love of music! See y’all down the road…