DECEMBER 7, 2004
MASON WILLIAMS EP 2003
Music for the Epicurean Harkener
BEST POP INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM
Still plenty of fuel left in the tank for the "Classical Gas" man, Mason Williams
Mason Williams has earned his 8th Grammy Nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album with his newest recording, Mason Williams EP 2003: Music for the Epicurean Harkener. A collection of beautifully crafted tunes composed, arranged and performed by Mason Williams and produced by Williams' long-time friend and lead guitarist, Rick Cunha.
Williams, Oregon's own Musician Laureate, who is currently working on a number of projects involving music, creative writing, poetry and of course, comedy, had this to say about the nomination: "The music business is always full of surprises. To make an album with my lifelong musical friends at this stage in the game and have it nominated for a Grammy is definitely a great surprise. See you at the Grammys!"
The release features Williams' magical guitar work on all tracks with a brilliant list of guest artists including Andy Narrell/steel drum, Frank Marocco/accordion, Byron Berline/fiddle, Hal Blaine/drums, Lenny Castro/percussion, Steve LaFever/bass, Greg Leisz/steel guitar, Larry Steelman/piano, Art Ellis/flute. The six tunes are a collection of musical vignettes; the cast and setting may change, but Williams' trademark crossover style of mixing musical genres shines through on every tune.
Grammy Awards will be presented on February 13th at the 47th Annual Grammy Award Show on CBS.
Visit www.grammy.com for full listing of categories and nominees.