Posted April 23, 2015 by Tim Stout in Show Reviews

Mason Jennings // 4-16-15 // Alberta Rose Theatre

20150416MasonJennings3Mason Jennings has already built an impressive career’s worth of material (he only recently turned 40) focusing on handcrafted folksy songs that always manage to feel familiar, even when consumed for the first time.

Clearly Jennings has dedicated himself to the music, as he has managed to release one album per year (including EPs) since 1997 while simultaneously managing to tour endlessly, as this has become an almost annual trip to the Rose City for the Minnesota-born singer-songwriter.

The Alberta Rose is the ideal room to see Jennings, especially when he is solo, as he was on this occasion.  The warm, intimate space just begs of performers to turn their show into a lost episode of VH1’s Storytellers.  Indeed Jennings did share many stories (“feet backwards!”), but ultimately it was his choice of songs, and confident delivery that captured the night for those in attendance.

He alternated between two acoustic guitars and the grand piano throughout the evening touching on songs from his entire career, including a couple of brand new ones which were received well, and a nice, unexpected cover of Johnny Cash’s “I Still Miss Someone.”

Tim Stout

Tim Stout
Co-founder of Portland Live - Tim has been promoting and covering live music for almost fifteen years and feels fortunate to have been born and raised in such a great music city.


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