With a Little Help From His Friends: James Mastro Delivers the Impeccable “Dawn of a New Error”

James Mastro, a veteran of the music scene and a skilled guitarist, is set to release his debut solo album, “Dawn of a New Error” on February 21st.

The 11-track record is a masterful blend of Americana and rock, showcasing Mastro’s songwriting and performance abilities. Produced by Tony Shanahan and recorded and mixed by Grammy nominee James Frazee, the album is a testament to Mastro’s talent and experience.

The album kicks off with “Right Words, Wrong Song,” a raucous track featuring guest vocals from Ian Hunter. The song sets the tone for the record with its infectious hooks and energetic sound. Mastro’s vocals are reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen, and the addition of Hunter’s voice adds depth and texture to the track. “Three Words” follows, another collaboration with Hunter, showcasing Mastro’s songwriting prowess. The track is a catchy, upbeat tune with lyrics that speak to the power of words and their ability to change a person’s life.

One of the standout tracks on the album is “My god,” a reflective song that showcases Mastro’s introspective side. The track features Tony Shanahn, bass player for Patti Smith, with whom Mastro has toured and worked with in the past. The lyrics are powerful and thought-provoking, urging listeners to believe in themselves and others. Mastro’s emotive vocals and Tony’s haunting harmonies create a beautiful and heartfelt track.

As the album progresses, Mastro explores different themes and genres, showcasing his versatility as an artist. “Trouble” is a bluesy, soulful track that was inspired by Mastro’s experience sharing the stage with Levon Helm. The vocals are raw and expressive, conveying the emotional weight of the lyrics. “River Runs Forever” is another standout track, with its stream of consciousness lyrics and mandolin-driven melody. The song explores lost loves and ends with a contemplation on the end of days.

The album also features several instrumental tracks, such as “Here Beside Me” and “Never Die,” which showcase Mastro’s impressive guitar skills. His playing is intricate and captivating, adding depth and texture to the songs. The addition of guest musicians, including Louie Appel, Brian Griffin, Steve Goulding, and Bill Dubrow, bring a richness to the record, elevating the songs to new heights.

Overall, “Dawn of a New Error” is a fantastic debut solo album from James Mastro. It’s a testament to his talent and experience in the music industry, showcasing his abilities as a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. The album flows seamlessly from one track to the next, creating a cohesive and engaging listening experience. Mastro’s lyrics are thought-provoking and emotive, and his vocals are powerful and expressive. With this album, Mastro has cemented himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Americana and rock genres.

–John Beeson

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