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Mason Proffit

Mason Proffit is widely considered by obscure rock aficionados to be one of the best bands who never made it to the big time. Although they are mostly overlooked today, along with the Byrds, Michael Nesmith, and others, they helped to invent country-rock.

The band was formed in 1969 by members of the recently disbanded Sounds Unlimited, a tough Chicago garage band with a well-developed melodic sense. John and Terry Talbot were the main movers behind Sounds Unlimited and in Mason Proffit they took the vocal harmonies they had developed in Sounds Unlimited and went in a folk and country direction. They were among the first to combine the energy and instrumentation of rock with the subject matter and twang of country. Perhaps the reason they were not hailed as visionaries at the time is that their first three records came out on small labels and didn't sell many copies. 1969's Wanted! Mason Proffit and 1971's Movin' Toward Happiness were released by Happy Tiger and 1971's Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream was released by Ampex. The band's fortunes took a positive turn in 1972 when they were signed by Warner Bros. and released Rockfish Crossing. They used their Warner Bros. connection to tour with the Grateful Dead but it didn't help them with the record buying public. In 1973 they released one last album, Bareback Rider, and then broke up. In 1974 Warner Bros. released a two-record set of Mason Proffit's Happy Tiger recordings. This has been reissued on CD by One Way and is a great place to start if you want to discover the roots of country rock.

In the years after the breakup of Mason Proffit, the Talbot brothers shifted their attention to Christian music, recording albums for Warner Bros., Sparrow, and other labels. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi
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kwsholly
Hokie. Joe Pony kw
bill.lawless 5 2 0
We want to hear Two Hangmen and Rectangle Picture!!!!
tesladriver
Moved to Kenosha from Colorado early 70's and got hooked on Mason Proffit, John Prine, and Leo Kottke. Brings back fond memories. Love e'm!
need to have two hangmen, it defined them as a serious band to me.
bakula51
Saw them twice at NIU, DeKalb, Il 1970 -71? Great shows. Talked with them afterwards really down to earth. Buffalo, Two Hangmen and A Rectangle Picture among my favs - actually there all favs!
I like mason proffit because my name in mason
Well, that seemed to work, I'd like to hear Jewell
Let's hear o'l Joe Clark
I saw these guys twice. The first time, they were warm up for Steve Miller- liked them way more. Second time, at U of A Autitorium. We were dancing on our seats. Have all their vinal- they are part of who I am
i'd like to hear Voice of Change
The guitar work on Everybody was Wrong is some of the best, and most underrated playing ever.
Eugene Pratt is an incredible song. Says more about the Vietnam horror than any 100 other songs of the time.
long time fan. been doing two hangman with out music at karaoke nights for many years. saw them in reunion tour at house of bricks in des moines around 05 or 06 maybe? wish they could/would try it again!
skuker
To use a steel guitar on the song Hard Luck Woman in 1970 was a very bold move if you wanted to appeal to a rock culture. The song Dance Hall Girl was another example of country/rock with its waltz tempo. I missed thier performance in Wadena, Iowa in 1970, but have followed Mason Proffit over the yearsyears.
I grew up in Minnesota, saw them many times in person. One of best experiences in 1970, traveling in beat up old ford with 10 friends piled in to the Galena rock festival in Iowa, Mason Profit, Canned Heat, many others.
Always a great band
They hooked me with 2 Hangman..... . . o n KAUM in Houston
great musicians--g r a n d memories
mlhowe1
Heard this album on KFMQ in Lincoln many years back. Want to get the cd.
Saw these guys at Iowa State University when the Doobie Brothers were the warm up band circa 1970 or 71. These other guys are right about the "Two Hangmen".
I saw this group in Chicago when they fronted for Bonnie and Delaney (circa 1972) . Have been following them ever since. Great band.
terry talbot is my guitar instructor! he is doing great. living a healthy life and sharing his goodness with others...is also doing local recording gigs and is a worship leader at a church...wha t great stories he has! love you pandora,,,
Saw Mason Profitt back in 1974 at Regis Field House in Denver. The two brothers, by themselves, opened for the Eagles, who were out pimping their "On the Border" album. I was impressed by the brothers Talbot. Too bad they never hit it somewhat big-maybe they have. Anyway, they are a fond memory.
john.lauer
play more their other songs like two hangmen. you seem to play the same songs. boorring.
one of the greatest story teling bands ever. the words from two hangmen relate to the sixties so much, brings back so many memories.
This is probably the best band from the late sixties. I loved this band. Their come and gone album was the best!!!!!
I remember while in high school, how Mason Proffit was spoken of by guitarists and serious musicians. The average person really hadn't heard of them but those of us in garage bands knew, and admired the Talbot brother's band.

Their music still holds up well.
seanpberry
I heard these guys in Brainard Minnesota in '72 or '73--- They played a song that still sticks in my mind---"A good friend of Mary's" I think it was on "Come and Gone", their greatest hits LP.Like you said- one of the greatest bands that never made it big time
biscobuck
How can you include Mason Proffit without having "Two Hangmen" in your library? I suggest you fix this ASAP

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