When: Sundays, 12 p.m. Continues through Feb. 27 2011
Mason's Apron has been a band for a grand total of one single, solitary month (give or take a few days). Given they're already racking up attention and residencies, that fact's a little less startling if you realize the group's stocked with talented folks typically seen hitting the decks with Mandolin Orange, Hammer No More the Fingers, Big Fat Gap and The Lizzy Ross Band. It may have been calculated madness that brought them together, but their friendship actually formed thanks to the wealthy acoustic scene in Carrboro.
"When you pick and jam, it's fun to just say, 'Oh let's play this song, let's play that song,'" says bassist Miles Andrews, "but it's actually also a lot of fun to get the music together and tighten it up and share ideas and really make some fun music that means something a little bit—to us at least."
Mandolinist Andrew Marlin echoes the sentiment. "I think we all fulfill totally different roles in this band than we do in the other bands that we play in ... when we get in front of people, most of the stuff that we do isn't really worked out," he says. "It's kind of just right off the cuff with a lot of communication going on." Musically, that translates into a loose Americana vibe that's as likely to inspire them to kick an original instrumental jam as cover a Gillian Welch tune. "We totally wing it, but in a way that is completely rehearsed, " says guitarist Jeff Stickley, "and we'll be doing it every Sunday this month at Motorco." —Ashley Melzer