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Live at Blues Alley

by Melanie Mason

The third release from Mason and her band; a compelling live performance recorded at the legendary Blues Alley. Winner of WAMA\'s Best Blues Recording award. \"Mason can unleash absolutely monster axe.\" --Blues Revue
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. Crave
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2. I'm Tore Down
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3. Mississippi Blues
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4. I'm In the Mood
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5. Lonely Lonesome Gal
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6. Work Your Magic
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7. Born In the Country
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8. Love's Slow Burn
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9. Before You Accuse Me
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10. Thrill Is Gone
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11. Castles Made of Sand
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12. Crossroads
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13. When Love Comes to Town
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14. Gospel By the River
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*** RECIPIENT OF THE 2005 BEST BLUES RECORDING AWARD (Washington Area Music Association) ***


"If Melanie Mason had leant against the door frame of Blues Alley, crooked her finger, winked her eye and thrown back her ginger curls she could not have made a more irresistible invitation than 'Crave,' the opening track of her live CD. Hot, sultry and sexy – if Mason wasn't breathless at the finish, the audience must have been. The 14 tracks on 'Live At Blues Alley' are split between six originals, seven covers and one hybrid, 'Born In The Country.'

As is usual with artists of this calibre, her own songs fit far more snugly than someone else's. The aforementioned 'Crave' and 'Mississippi Blues' are a natural product of her own sensuality...Melanie Mason is no slouch on lead guitar and the album is studded with magical moments, most notably on 'Love's Slow Burn,' a song so heavy with atmosphere it comes with it's own weather warning. As the album progresses, Mason and the band fall back on some old favourites, Hendrix's 'Castles Made Of Sand' and Robert Johnson's 'Crossroads.' Fittingly, the album finishes as it began, with a fabulous Melanie Mason original, 'Gospel By The River.'" –Michael Mee,

BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE, USA (October/November 2005):

"Melanie Mason doesn't stake her claim on her sultry looks; instead, she puts her sturdy guitar and vocals front and center. On her latest album, 'Live at Blues Alley,' she also shows she knows how to work a hook in her favor: Tracks such as 'Work Your Magic' do their stuff simply and effectively, and 'Crave,' with Mason's breathy vocal, is a radio single waiting to happen. Not shy about big covers, she tackles John Lee Hooker's 'I'm in the Mood,' cranking her feminine wiles to the max to make it her own. Elsewhere she bites off 'Thrill Is Gone,' Hendrix's 'Castles Made of Sand,' Robert Johnson's 'Crossroads,' and U2's 'When Love Comes to Town.'

There's a Southern sound here, and a potent link to the Delta. Inhibited Mason is not: Her guitar work on 'Thrill,' 'Castles,' and (especially) 'Before You Accuse Me,' where organist Tommy Lepson leaps to the fore on vocals, is eye-opening. And Mason can unleash absolutely monster axe when she needs to, as 'Love's Slow Burn,' minus the subtleties, demonstrates. She seems to shine brightest on her own compositions, such as 'Gospel by the River,' where her attack recalls Robert Cray even as her vocals cook up something uniquely hers.

Mason's band--Lepson on organ and vocals, Sam Goodall on bass, and ElTorro Gamble on drums--hits a deeper groove with another original, 'Mississippi Blues.' Here, Lepson provides a thick, solid base of B-3 upon which the bandleader addresses her stinging slide....Keep your eye on this lady...."

--Eric Thom, Oct/Nov 2005 Blues Revue Magazine



"Live at Blues Alley," the third release from blues guitarist/vocalist Melanie Mason, contains 14 songs - half of which are penned by Mason. Featured on the album are Sam Goodall on bass, ElTorro Gamble on drums, and special guest Tommy Lepson on organ. Recorded in the summer of 2004, the album captures their powerful live performance at the legendary Blues Alley - the nation's oldest continuing jazz supper club.



Mason's debut CD, "Bendin' the Blues," won the 2001 Blues Recording Award from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA), and held the #1 top-selling blues album spot on CD Baby for over three years. It is currently in the #2 spot.

Mason's follow-up album, "Lonesome Is I," featured Mason solo on acoustic guitar, performing a collection of traditional blues tunes plus several strong orginals. The album won the 2004 WAMA Blues Recording Award and garnered a cross-genre nomination for 2004 Album of the Year.



"Bendin' the Blues," 2001 (

"Lonesome Is I," 2004 (

"Live at Blues Alley," 2005



>> #1 top-selling blues artist on CD Baby from 2001 - 2004

>> Opening act for Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Robert Cray, Don McLean, Robin Trower, Little Feat guitarists Barrere & Tackett, and more

>> Regional WETA-TV promo appearances for Martin Scorsese's "The Blues" film series

>> Winner of the 2003 D.C. Blues Society International Blues Challenge

>> Winner of two "Best Blues Recording" awards from the Washington Area Music Association ("Bendin' the Blues," 2001; and "Lonesome Is I," 2004)



For more information about Mason and her band, visit Please spread the word about this up and coming artist. Thank you for supporting independent music!


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CD Baby

Ever notice how so many of those blues guitarists are dudes? So what's the deal if you're a chick with them blues, baby? Melanie Mason is the deal, that's what. So pay attention. With a long track record at CD Baby as one of the consistent hard-hitters, this acclaimed artist delivers yet another notable blues album, like the title tells ya, "Live at Blues Alley." With old favorites like, "When Love Comes to Town" she's got every bit of spunk and growl these songs demand.

Michael Macey-Chesapeake Music Guide

Melanie Mason is the real deal.Just one listen to her originals will tip you off.Live At Blues Alley is Mason in her element.Inspired,powerful playing and one of the best sounding live records I've heard.If you're looking for great blues music,both old and new,Melanie Mason Live At Blues Alley is the disc for you.

Ken Masten

A great live CD
This is the second Melanie Mason CD in my collection. It is a fun combination of new tunes and Blues standards. I love a good live CD especially when it's by someone I probably won't really get to hear live. This CD fits the bill.

Blues Bunny

“Crave” is late night blues at its best.
In “Crave” this live set starts with a truly excellent track – a wonderfully sensuous, tingly blues number. Unfortunately everything else seems to suffer in comparison with the outstanding opener, although “Gospel by the River” and “Love’s Slow Burn” come closest to matching up.

steve mcconnell

Melanie singing and playing is likened to a warm summer rain.
I selected this CD from a snippet of Crave. I was not disappointed. Melanie's voice first grabbed my attention, then her guitar chops made me sit down and listen to the entire album without getting up. I collect artist rendition's of "Thrill is Gone" and her's is a keeper. Tommy's musical and production work on this album is noted. A nice tight band.


Tommy Lepson
This cd should be titled: Tommy Lepson-- Live at Blues Alley. Tommy is the driving force and fantastic B3 player that is the star here (on this gig cd). His talent alone creates and holds the listener, no matter what project he works on. Plus, he magically mixed this cd! Bravo Tommy! Keep them ivories and your hot hunky R&B vocals of yours busy!


Another great CD!!
This is the second Melanie Mason CD that I have bought. Both of them have been great to listen to on a regular basis. She is a gifted blues guitarist!! Great CD!!

Tom Ricucci

Another Great CD!!
The first time i,heard this CD i Loved it!With it's Talented,Musician's and Wonderful Songs makes this a must buy.Another Cd with Great Songwriting!

Steve Smith

superb collection of originals and covers performed flawlessly
Melanie's originals more than hold their own along with an equal number of classic blues covers. Melanie's innovative and extended guitar solos on Crossroads and many others make this album a must have!

Steve Smith

superb collection of originals and covers performed flawlessly
Melanie's originals more than hold their own along with an equal number of classic blues covers. Melanie's innovative and extended guitar solos on Crossroads and many others make this album a must have!
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