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Pleased to Meet You: Mason Jennings

Mason Jennings

Hawaii-born singer-songwriter Mason Jennings is a folk troubadour known for his succinct, ear-catching melodies. He certainly caught Jack Johnson's ear — the two met when Jennings opened for Johnson in 2001, and they subsequently toured together. (Years later, Jennings signed to Johnson’s label, Brushfire Records).

Jennings just released his ninth full-length studio album, Minnesota, but that’s not all he’s offering fans right now. He’s put together a playlist of his favorite songs by bands he’s toured with, and answered our Five Questions — check them out and listen to Minnesota now.

Five Questions with Mason Jennings

  1. Who do you think is an important musician that most people have never heard of before?
    Mason Jennings: Chad VanGaalen.
  2. If you had access to any record in the world, what would you listen to right now?
    MJ: Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy.
  3. Which album or artist do you most associate with your childhood?
    MJ: Led Zeppelin.
  4. We hope people are ______________ when they listen to our music.
    MJ: Listening.
  5. We were thinking about ______________ when we wrote music for the new album.
    MJ: Chopin and soccer.