Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Dave Mason, a founding member of Traffic, sits down with SiriusXM Patriot host David Webb in SiriusXM’s New York City studios for an interview and acoustic performance in support of veterans airing Saturday, July 9 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM Patriot, ch. 125. An encore presentation airs on SiriusXM Patriot July 9 from 8:00 – 10:00 pm ET.
Mason is the Co-Founder of Work Vessels for Vets—a group that helps military veterans find employment in civilian life by providing them with tools ranging from computers to boats to tractors. Work Vessels for Vets (WVFV) started in 2008 with the donation of a commercial fishing boat to a returning veteran and to date has helped over 400 veterans in their transition. WVFV President Ted Knapp and CEO/Founder John Niekrash joined the conversation in studio, along with US Army Police Veteran Ebony McCormick, a young woman who is pursuing her interest and career in information technology and web development in Manhattan with a new laptop from WVFV.
Guitarist John Sambataro, who tours with Mason these days, was also part of this special edition of Webb’s weekly SiriusXM Patriot show. Mason and Sambataro’s acoustic set includes “Feelin’ Alright”— the song he penned at age 19—as well as “We Just Disagree,” “World in Changes,” “How Do I Get to Heaven” and “Dear Mr. Fantasy.”
Excerpt from the interview, audio clip/quotes:
Dave Mason on why he supports U.S. veterans:
Dave Mason: “Why not? I’m an Englishman, I’m transplanted over here…my dad was born in 1898, and my dad was fighting in Salonika in the first World War before there were pneumatic tires on trucks, and my brother was driving tanks in North Africa, and I moved over here so I’ve always had a sense of…you have to defend the freedoms that we have.’ And as a Marine told me when I was doing a toys for tots show down in Atlanta in 1977…before I was getting ready to walk on stage he came over to me and he said…me and a guy were stuck in a foxhole for three days, and we would have gone nuts except we had two tapes with us—we had a Hendrix tape and we had “Alone Together.’ So man, get up there and play and I’ll be here locked and loaded ready to go.”