Singer songwriter Willy Mason is twenty-one years old, a slightly-known post-grunge American roots singer in his native USA, and a full-blown platinum-selling celebrity abroad.
He grew up, just, on Nirvana and Rage Against the Machine and his parents folk music. He was discovered plunking away on Martha's Vineyard by Nebraska rock iconoclast Conor Oberst, "Bright Eyes."
Now young Willy Mason is being compared to Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. He's opening for Radiohead. And he's been pushed out front as the voice of a new generation looking for the real, the true, in a time of spin and sell. This hour On Point: listening to Willy Mason. And we check in on Bob Dylan's radio DJ debut.
Willy Mason, his latest album is entitled "Where the Humans Eat"
This program aired on May 4, 2006.