Brent Mason

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Brent Mason
Born (1959-07-13) July 13, 1959 (age 64)
OriginVan Wert, Ohio, United States
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter
Instrument(s)Electric guitar, acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, gut string guitar, six-string bass guitar
Years active1986–present

Brent Mason (born July 13, 1959) is an American, Nashville, Tennessee-based recording studio guitarist and songwriter, performing primarily country music.[1] Guitar World Magazine listed him as one of the "Top Ten Session Guitarists of All Time". Discovered and mentored by Chet Atkins, Mason has been named "Guitarist of the Year" 12 times by the Academy of Country Music and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2019. In addition to releasing two instrumental studio albums, he holds several credits as a songwriter.[2][3][4][5][6] He is a Grammy Award winner (2008) and a two-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year.[7] A line of "Brent Mason" guitar models has been marketed by two different guitar manufacturers. The "Stories Collection Brent Mason Telecaster" was launched August 11, 2020.[8]


Brent Mason was born on July 13, 1959, in Van Wert, Ohio.[7] At the age of five years, he taught himself to play guitar by ear.[1] After graduating from high school, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in country music. Early Nashville gigs included a stint with the Don Kelly Band, a cover band who performed at a Murfreesboro Road Honky-tonk, The Stagecoach Lounge.[9] Eventually, he was discovered by noted guitarist Chet Atkins, who invited him to play on his Stay Tuned album. From there, Mason has gone on to play on well over a thousand [10] albums, including those of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, John Michael Montgomery, David Gates, Brooks & Dunn, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, Blake Shelton and Neil Diamond.[7] Mason also co-wrote McBride & the Ride's "Hurry Sundown".

Mason signed to Mercury Records in 1997, releasing an instrumental album entitled Hot Wired the same year. This was his only major-label album. He made a decision to leave Mercury Records soon after to remain in Nashville and work in the recording studio as a session guitarist rather than spend most of his time on the road touring and away from his family. He and his brother Randy released a second album, entitled Smokin' Section, in 2006. At the 51st Grammy Awards, he and several other guitarists won the Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental, for the track "Cluster Pluck" from Brad Paisley's mostly-instrumental album Play.[11]

Although Brent works mainly as a studio musician, he has produced several albums to date for artists including Erin James, Tommy Dalton, Cindy Kvinlaug, and Evi Tausen[12] and co-produced an album with Byron Gallimore for Clay Walker. In November 2013, Mason collaborated with online education site to put together a series of guitar lessons for aspiring guitarists and members of JamPlay.[13]

Other contributions[edit]

From 2003 to 2010, Valley Arts Guitar joined with Brent to create and manufacture the Valley Arts Brent Mason Signature Model Guitar, which was based on the Fender Telecaster design.[14] In 2013 PRS Guitars launched the Brent Mason Signature Model Guitar.[15] Wampler Pedals manufactures and sells the signature Brent Mason "Hot Wired" guitar effects pedal, currently on version 2[16] Mason authored an instructional course entitled "GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country" published by PG music in Victoria BC.[17] In 2020 Mason became an endorsed Fender artist with a production-line signature Fender Telecaster and a Limited Edition Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic version handbuilt by Master Builder Kyle McMillin.[18]

Brent was named one of the Top Ten Session Guitarists of All Time in Guitar World magazine.[19] In the July 2016 issue of Taste of Country magazine, he was named one of the top guitarists in country music.[20]


  • Country Music Association (CMA) Musician of the Year - 1997 and 1998.
  • Nashville Music Awards - Guitarist of the Year - 1995.
  • Academy of Country Music - Guitarist of the Year - 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006 and 2009.
  • MusicRow Session Guitarist of the Year 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2010 [21][22]
  • National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame, 2011.[23]
  • Music City Allstars Award (the musician who has played on the most top-10 songs on the radio for the entire year)


  1. ^ a b Fabian, Shelly. "Brent Mason - 2005 CMA Nominee Profile". Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  2. ^ Charupakorn, Joe (January 10, 2012). "Brent Mason: A Chameleon in Tune Town". Gearhead Communications (LLC).
  3. ^ "Summer 2011". Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  4. ^ "Brent Mason". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2013-05-14.
  5. ^ "Sweetwater welcomes Brent Mason and Eleven Rack presented by Avid". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  6. ^ "PG Music - GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country Features". Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  7. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Brent Mason biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  8. ^ "Brent Mason on Nailing Nashville Twang, the Magic of a Session and the Story Behind His New Fender Signature Tele".
  9. ^ Cooper, Peter. "Don Kelley knows how to pick 'em". Dec. 19, 2009. The Tennessean. Retrieved May 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Brent Mason | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  11. ^ Nicely, Lisa (2009-02-09). "Former area resident Brent Mason gets Grammy; Napoleon's Scott Bauman missed out on $5,000 "Grammy Moment" prize". Crescent News. Retrieved 2009-02-17..
  12. ^ Archived December 23, 2014, at the Wayback Machine Brent Mason Biography
  13. ^ "Brent Mason's Profile on JamPlay". Retrieved 2013-11-01.
  14. ^ "GuitarPlayer: Valley Arts Brent Mason Signature Custom Pro". Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  15. ^ "PRS Guitars | Brent Mason Signature". Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  16. ^ "Wampler Pedals | Hot Wired". Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  17. ^ "GuitarStar:Brent Mason Country". PG Music. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Fender Press Releases & Products Updates | Fender Newsroom".
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-25. Retrieved 2016-08-23.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ Whitaker, Sterling. "Best Guitarists in Country Music". Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  21. ^ "Past Musician Award Winners". 2009-05-08. Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  22. ^ "MusicRow Readers Name "House" Song of the Year". 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2022-09-18.
  23. ^ "NTPHF living inductees". Retrieved 2022-09-18.

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