Stephen Mason (musician)
|Birth name||Stephen Daniel Mason|
July 8, 1975 |
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
|Genres||Alternative rock, folk, Christian|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, bass guitar, mandolin|
|Years active||1993 – Present|
|Labels||Essential/Silvertone, Gray Matters/Nettwerk|
|Associated acts||Jars of Clay, Sara Groves|
Mason joined Jars of Clay as a founding member in 1993 with singer Dan Haseltine and pianist Charlie Lowell while studying at Greenville College in his home state of Illinois. As a submission piece to get into college, Mason wrote an instrumental guitar piece entitled "Frail" which was later recorded and used as the namesake for the group's first demo Frail. The song later had lyrics added by Jars of Clay's lead singer Dan Haseltine for the group's second album Much Afraid.
In 2014 Stephen qualified as a Master Barber and has started cutting hair at his shop, The Handsomizer.
Guitars, amps, and pedals
Mason uses a range of different guitars for performing with Jars of Clay, both electric and acoustic. Some of them he uses exclusively in the studio and others exclusively for live performances.
- "Grand Auditorium" Taylor twelve string guitar
- Gibson "Tal Farlow" series
- Baby Taylor guitar
- Martin Backpacker travel guitar
- Gibson "Chet Atkins" series
- Fender Telecaster
- Gibson Les Paul
- Matchless Chief Guitar Amp
- Vox AC-30
As for pedals, over the years Mason has been seen using a Boss Tuner, Visual Sound Jekyll & Hyde, Swell Pedals G-TOD, Tonephile Puredrive, Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Man, DMB Pedals, and a Pedaltrain pedalboard.
- Stephen Mason on MSN Music. Retrieved July 23, 2007.
- NSAI Songwriter Achievement Awards.  Full name noted. Retrieved 15 August
- Kot, Greg: "Bridges to Babylon". Guitar World Acoustic, No. 25. Retrieved from http://www.jarchives.com/vault039.htm on 13 May 2006.
- Mannlein, Arelene: "Relatives of Jars of Clay member - and many, many more - plan to gather". Herald & Review, Decatur, Illinois, Thursday, August 4, 2005, 5:10 PM CDT. Retrieved from  on 2006-05-13.
- The Handsomizer Retrieved October 30, 2015
- Jude Adam Mason - Twitter page
- random acts of senseless beauty: Jude Adam blog page