If you’re one of the millions of music lovers who’ve been waiting for the next Eabla release…you’ll have to wait a little longer. But in the meantime, you can solace your existence with a couple of astonishing self-released CDs by Tony Mason-Cox, offered exclusively through Eabla’s Rarities page.
The late Mr. Mason-Cox was an Australian insurance agent who believed himself to be the reincarnation of an African-American slave in the antebellum South. His vocal style is as heterogeneous and unexpected as the trajectory of his soul, and we think it’s safe to say that there’s no one quite like him. Whether he’s breathing a new, savage life into classics like “Teddy Bears’ Picnic,” or endangering bystanders with the white-hot emotional shrapnel of originals like “Black,” Tony Mason-Cox is not a performer to be taken lightly!
As Brent Clough of ABC Radio National, Australia says:
He is certainly an outsider, doing what he does without any sign of self-consciousness. Untrained, full on, unfashionable, incapable of compromise because there is no alternative. This is raw material, sung with vernacular grain in the language. Do this at the Opera House and the bourgeois in the front row would be shifting uncomfortably in their seats I’ll wager.
Tony made his live debut in 2008, when the American comedian Neil Hamburger invited him to be the opening act on a short Australian tour. Tragically, he died later that year. His surviving family members want his music to be heard, and have accordingly authorized us to make his CDs Heartfelt and I Must Sing…. available online while supplies last. When they’re gone, they’ll be gone for good, so we advise you to act now!
Please click on the links above for ordering information and song samples.