Brent Mason

Brent Mason
Born (1959-07-13) July 13, 1959 (age 62)
OriginVan Wert, Ohio, United States
Occupation(s)Guitarist, songwriter
InstrumentsElectric guitar, Brent Mason Telecaster acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, gut string guitar, six-string bass guitar
Years active1986–present

Brent Mason (born July 13, 1959) is a Nashville 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 crs 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 like Erin James, Tommy Dalton, Cindy Kvinlaug, Evi Tausen[12] and coproduced 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]

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From 2003–2010 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]

See a partial list of Mason's album crs here : [21]



  1. ^ a b Fabian, Shelly. "Brent Mason - 2005 CMA Nominee Profile". Retrieved 2008-03-03.
  2. ^ Charupakorn, Joe (January 10, 2012). "Brent Mason: A Chameleon in Tune Town". Gearhead Communications (LLC).
  3. ^ Summer 2011 @ All Star Guitar Night
  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 December 5, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ GuitarStar: Brent Mason Country - Features
  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 | Crs | AllMusic
  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
  15. ^ PRS Guitars | Brent Mason Signature
  16. ^ Wampler Pedals | Hot Wired v2
  17. ^ "GuitarStar:Brent Mason Country". PG Music. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  18. ^ "Fender Press Releases & Products Updates | Fender Newsroom".
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  22. ^ Past Musician Award Winners : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City
  23. ^ MusicRow Readers Name “House” Song of the Year : MusicRow – Nashville's Music Industry Publication – News, Songs From Music City
  24. ^ NTPHF living inductees

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