Dave Mason is putting a new spin on some old hits with his latest album, and he's asking for fans' help to spread the word.
"Future's Past" (something Music/MRI) will arrive May 13. It pairs some new material that the Traffic co-founder has written and performed on tour in the last few years, as well as re-interpretations of songs including "Dear Mr. Fantasy." The album's cover art features a painting by Graham Nash.
Mason implemented a Pledge Music Campaign so fans can Mason to market and promote the album. Pledgers get the expanded new album package and updates directly from Mason. Signed vinyl records, photos and even articles of Mason's clothing are also offered.
As of May 6, 2014, the project had 13 days left to go and was at 44 percent of its goal.
"It came about re-doing the chords," Mason said of the blues-flavored re-write of "Dear Mr. Fantasy." "I was doing some shows, and I was trying to think of something to make it a little more interesting, so I just started playing around with it. I put it in a minor key instead of a major key, and I sort of developed it from there."
Other re-imagined songs include "World In Changes," "Sad And Deep As You" and the Robert Johnson song "Come On In My Kitchen." Among the new tracks: "That's Freedom."
Mason is best known for the hits "Feelin' Alright," "Hole In My Shoe," "We Just Disagree" and "Only You and I Know." He has recorded and toured with artists including Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Delaney and Bonnie, Graham Nash, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh and Fleetwood Mac.
Mason currently is touring with his new project, billed as Dave Mason's Traffic Jam. Upcoming tour dates, cities and venues include:
• May 8: Knoxville, Tenn., Bijou Theatre
• May 9: Lewisburg, W.V., Carnegie Hall of West Virginia
• May 10: Rocky Mount, Va., Harvester Performance Center
• May 16: Woonsocket, R.I., Stadium Theatre Performing Arts Center
• May 17: Glenside, Pa., Keswick Theater
• May 18: Newton, N.J., The Newton Theatre
• May 21: Boston, Wilbur Theatre
• May 22: Beacon, N.Y., Town Crier Cafe
• May 23: Falls Church, Va., State Theatre
• July 10: Ottawa, Canada, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
• July 13: Ann Arbor, Mich., The Ark
• July 19: Cortland, N.Y., Peak Fest at Greek Peak Mountain Resort
• July 23: Sylvania, Ohio, Centennial Terrace
• July 25: Shelbyville, Del., The Freeman Stage at Bayside
• July 27: Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
• July 30: New York, City Winery
• Aug. 5: Iowa City, Iowa, The Englert Theatre
• Aug. 7: Taos, N.M., KTAOS Solar Center
• Sept. 20: Long Beach, Calif., Carpenter Performing Arts Center
• Sept. 27: Napa, Calif., Uptown Theatre
• Oct. 22: Austin, Texas, One World Theatre
• Oct. 23: Dallas, Granada Theater
• Oct. 24: San Antonio, Texas, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
• Nov. 5: Chattanooga, Tenn., UTC Fine Arts Center
• Nov. 13: Durham, N.C., Carolina Theatre
• Nov. 15: High Point, N.C., High Point Theatre
• Nov. 28: Harrisburg, Pa., Whitaker Center for Science and The Arts
• Nov. 29: Collingswood, N.J., Scottish Rite Auditorium
• Feb. 19, 2015: Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Rock Legends Cruise
For more information, including updated tour dates, visit www.davemason.com