Dave Mason Remakes ‘Feelin’ Alright’ With All-Star Lineup

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Dave Mason has taken the downtime during quarantine to enlist several other classic rock legends to remake one of his most iconic and heavily covered songs since its release in 1968 – “Feelin’ Alright.” Calling themselves Dave Mason and the Quarantines, the new song features Mason singing along with Mick Fleetwood, Sammy Hagar, Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers: John McFee, Tom Johnston, John Cowan and Pat Simmons. They’re joined by Mason’s longtime drummer, Alvino Bennett, and Simmons’ son, Pat Jr.

Mason penned the song at the age of 22 while writing songs for the second Traffic album. Some 50 acts have since recorded it including Joe Cocker, the Jackson Five, Lou Rawls, John Belushi, Three Dog Night, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Grand Funk Railroad, and the Black Crowes.

“Who would have thought that this would go on to be covered by so many different artists and bands, you just never know,” says Mason, who turned 74 on May 10. “But what I do know today is that people need some hope and comfort and especially music, which is why I called up some friends to re-record a special version of the song. To do this remotely was somewhat challenging, hence the name ‘The Quarantines,’ but the spirit of strength, hope and heart prevail.”

Watch Dave Mason & the Quarantines perform the classic

Mason has been respectfully called a musical “gunslinger” for a reason; having worked with some of the biggest names in music, his trademark guitar licks and musical touches are all over some classic hits. He recorded an album with Mama Cass, played rhythm guitar on “All Along the Watchtower” with Jimi Hendrix, was a founding member of Traffic, recorded with Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones, was part of Fleetwood Mac for a spell, as well as a guitar designer and a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee.

Related: Our extensive interview with Mason

After leaving Traffic, the band he and Steve Winwood co-founded, Mason went on to record his own solo project, Alone Together, in 1970. Mason plans to release a re-recorded version of the album, Alone Together Again, this fall.

Related: Our Album Rewind of Alone Together

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  1. John Rose
    #1 John Rose 22 July, 2020, 10:06

    That is outstanding.

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