The term “Caprock” may not initially spark ideas of a music genre, but Mason and the Gin Line are working to change that. Their new EP “Caprock Composition” released in December 2020 is rising on the charts and being picked up by regional radio stations. Simultaneously, their upbeat and strong rock and roll/country sounds are striking a chord with many. Their love of Lubbock and Buddy Holly can also be heard in the song “The King” on the EP through the nostalgic guitar riffs throughout.
Mason and the Gin Line was created by lead vocalist Mason Server and his childhood pal bass player Blaze Butler. Whether the two musicians knew it or not, starting a band was always in their future as they have been playing and writing music together since high school. With the addition of Lubbock drummer Russ Jones and James Urias on guitar, this up and coming group is one to watch.
Mason and the Gin Line’s first produced single called “Loose Tonight” was recorded by Eric Harrison, a Lubbock native and owner of the Austin-based recording studio, Studio 601. After reaching out to the guys inviting them to work with him to record “Loose Tonight”, the song received local and regional radio air time which encouraged the band to record more.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had an interesting impact on the music industry. One of which was providing Mason, Blaze, Russ and James ample time to refine and perfect their songs. And perfect they did. The group premiered their new EP at The Blue Light Live in January and will take the stage again in March.
Mason commented, “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid.”
Although the band is picking up steam, they each remain humble. When chatting with them about the impact that Lubbock has had on their recent successes, they spoke highly of the arts and culture community and the supportive citizens of live music. They are also very thankful to those in the Texas music industry who have encouraged them along the way including: Brandon Adams, Eric Harrison, Charlie Stout and Thomas Mooney.
I would be remiss if I didn’t ask what inspires their unique sound. From the classics to modern-day hits, each band member has their own repertoire of sounds. Blaze looks to Tom Waits, Fleet Foxes and Ryan Culwell, while Mason enjoys U2 and Robert Earl Keen. Russ has been inspired by Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn and ZZ Topp. And, finally, James likes everything from Mozart to Motown. The diversity of sound is what makes up the genius behind Mason and the Gin Line.
Looking to the future, Mason and the Gin Line will continue writing, recording and playing. Listeners can find their music on any music streaming service including Spotify. Catch them on stage at the Blue Light Live on March 20, 2021.