Band to star in German festival
GOLD COAST blues boys Mason Rack Band are heading to Germany for a stein of beer or two or three this year.
Not to mention the fact they will be playing in the Grolsh Blues Festival - one of Germany's biggest music festivals.
Front man and lead singer Mason Rack said the invitation was "music to his ears" that would open up Europe as an entirely new market for them.
"When we were contacted by the Grolsh Festival organiser, and invited . . . we couldn't believe it," he said.
"It's very humbling to know our music and performances are loved in so many different parts of the world - especially considering we've all wanted to tour there for years; it's incredible."
The band intends to book out its two week journey through the country with back-to-back shows spreading their unique sound throughout Deutschland.
"In our experience, that part of the world is filled with thirsty, vibrant music lovers - that are sure to eat it up," Mr Rack said.
"We think the Grolsh Blues Festival sounds like it's connected to beer, and it's fitting because we do a 'keg drumming epic' which we know it will freak them out."
Mason Rack is preparing for the European tour with a long list of non-stop Australian gigs throughout autumn and winter.
There is no sign of a slow down - the band will return from Germany to a packed-out schedule throughout Australia and Canada.
"We're psyched for our upcoming gigs; it'll give us a chance to show our Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast fans what we're packing for our stint at Grolsh Festival.
"Touring this year will be awesome, especially with our new album due out in mid-2012 and our DVD Live @ the Solbar to promote.
"After Germany, we're back in action in Australia for the Darwin Blues Festival in late June and then straight on to our sixth Canadian tour," Mr Rack said.
The group is influenced by blues, southern stomp, swamp, rock and roots.
Flashes of Tom Waits, Jimi Hendrix and a touch of Ben Harper can be heard among its sounds.
Their latest album, Limits of Grip, is the one Mr Rack said broke all the genre rules - a classic mix of heavy rock, blues, jazz and roots complemented by the modern flavours of country punk, jazz, alternate rock and reggae funk.
He started performing aged six, playing to charmed audiences with his dad Bill who was a multi-talented jazz musician and all-round legend.
Mason Rack Band plays the Coolangatta Hotel on Saturday, January 21, Fisherman's Wharf on January 22 and then on January 28 at the Currumbin Creek Tavern.
Visit http://www.masonrack.com for full gig guide or more information.