Mason Rack (left) and his band.
Mason Rack (left) and his band.

Rack-ing off to canada

CANADA will have to brace itself for some dirty, loud and rocking blues music, as Mason Rack is on his way there.

The popular musician farewelled Coolangatta at a special performance at the Sands Hotel on Sunday night and the twin towns won't see him perform publicly again until New Years Eve 2010.

Rack is relocating to Canada on July 14, and will be based out of Edmonton for his third tour of the country.

“I am very excited. I think it is a good thing for the market here; it needs a rest,” he said.

His public farewell featured old friends of Rack jumping to the stage for a blistering jam.

“It was nice, good to see everyone. I got a really good response there at the Sands and I appreciate it,” Rack said.

Rack was brought up in Coolangatta and regularly plays at spots on the Tweed and Gold coasts.

Things are going well for the former heavy metal devotee, who turned to blues and roots about six years ago.

He said the more mellow style of music found him and he likes its wider family appeal, though he still plays it with distinctly hard edge.

“When I got clean and sober I got out of that and started to muck around and knew some simple bluesy songs,” Rack said. “I mucked around on some open mike nights and people responded. This type of music found me, rather than me finding it.”

Griffith University students have just completed a music video for his song Beast and he has a new Ralph White guitar to take with him to Canada.

Rack plans to have a new album and documentary ready for release in the new year.

He thanked Joe Conway, Glenn Heffernan, Ray Goddard and Ron Smitt for their help.



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