Mason Ruffner
Mason Ruffner's musical roots begin in the late 1960s when the Fort Worth, Texas native heard the supernatural guitar prowess of Jimi Hendrix and the lyrical genius of Bob Dylan. Mason's lineage can be traced to modern rock back to its post-war origins, digging the sounds of Jimmy Reed, BB King and Robert Johnson. In his early career, Mason tried modern rock and folk music but the blues would not let go. Robert Ealey, noted blues singer from Fort Worth, invited Mason to the house band, The Five Careless Lovers, at Fort Worth's now legendary Bluebird Lounge. What follows is Mason's formative period as a guitarist and stage performer. Mason left Fort Worth and contributed to the music scenes in California and New York before finding himself in New Orleans in the late 1970's. New Orleans proves to be a rich environment for Mason. After a few years of playing in bands on Bourbon Street, Mason decided to find his own voice and started his own band, The Blues Rockers. The band had a steady performance calendar at Club 544 and played more than 200 live shows each year. The Blues Rockers became one of the most popular bands in the Crescent City and backed blues legends, Lightin' Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim and many more. In his audience, you could find Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, and ZZ Top who dropped in to listen or sit in with Mason. Mason can be found in performances or recordings with Bob Dylan and Daniel Lanois and has toured with U2, Jimmy Page, Ringer Starr, Crosby, Stills and Nash. Carlos Santana has performed Mason's composition Angel Love and included Mason as a guest guitarist at several of his concerts.