Mason Ruffner

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Rick Derringer produced the self-titled 1985 album by Mason Ruffner on CBSAssociated Labels and beautifully captured the raw sound with a professional slickness that doesn't get in the way. The streetsmart singer/songwriter composes nine of the ten tracks here, including the beautiful instrumental "Serenata," something strikingly different from the bluesy tone of the rest of the disc and one of the project's highlights. He's got the George Thorogood growl with a bit more of a pop
ock edge, and a cover-boy photo that makes him look like he's going for Rick Springfield's audience. Looks can be deceiving. The Georgia Satellites is more like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Rick Derringer produced the self-titled 1985 album by Mason Ruffner on CBSAssociated Labels and beautifully captured the raw sound with a professional slickness that doesn't get in the way. The streetsmart singer/songwriter composes nine of the ten tracks here, including the beautiful instrumental "Serenata," something strikingly different from the bluesy tone of the rest of the disc and one of the project's highlights. He's got the George Thorogood growl with a bit more of a pop
ock edge, and a cover-boy photo that makes him look like he's going for Rick Springfield's audience. Looks can be deceiving. The Georgia Satellites is more like it, though this is when the Satellites were "making waves," a year before their Elektra major-label debut. Jeff Healy also broke out shortly after this release, just as it was all coming back into vogue, thanks given often to the 1983 Texas Flood album from Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. But keep in mind that it was Thorogood who actually opened the floodgates, Stevie Ray Vaughan giving the genre popularity and Mason Ruffner aiding and abetting the cause. Recorded in Louisiana and New York, you'd never guess Derringer is on bacground vocals, synthesizers, bass, and guitar. The producer stays out of the spotlight embellishing this solid effort. "Down to New Orleans" best displays the blues these cats churn out condensed into a pop format. The cover of Clarence Garlow's "Bon Ton Roule" adds a different dimension to the proceedings, but not as extreme as "Serenata," which not only breaks out of the album's style, it shimmers in an extraordinary way and is the true gem here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 634479744075
  • Catalog Number: 5637389964
  • Sales rank: 258,464

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Be My Friend (3:43)
  2. 2 Lady Moon (3:51)
  3. 3 Gamblin' Fever (3:57)
  4. 4 Down to New Orleans (3:14)
  5. 5 Bon Ton Roulet - Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow (3:54)
  6. 6 Gravediggers (2:45)
  7. 7 Ain't Nothin' But Trouble (3:01)
  8. 8 Stranded (4:57)
  9. 9 Lay It on Me (3:18)
  10. 10 Serenata (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mason Ruffner Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Katie Webster Piano
Rick Derringer Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave Edmunds Guitar, Vocals
Geraint Watkins Piano
John David Bass
Mark Avsec Synthesizer, Keyboards, Vocals
Dave Charles Drums
Chris Clifton Guitar
Nick Connolly Organ
Gypsy Strings Strings
Bernard Kenny Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mike Stockton Bass
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Rick Derringer Producer
Clarence "Bon Ton" Garlow Composer
Eddie Shuler Composer
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