About

Originally from Rocky Mount, VA, Mason, Wright began studying classical violin when he was six years old. Mason's first recital was held in his parent's kitchen on a stage that his dad built for him.  Shortly after this, Mason landed his first gig as a strolling violinist at a local coffee shop.  At age eight, Mason also began taking fiddle lessons.  It wasn't long before he was joining in on jam sessions at fiddler's conventions and attending bluegrass festivals.  After getting a few years of experience under his belt, Mason regularly participated in bluegrass fiddle and classical violin competitions, frequently capturing top honors.

Around the age of twelve Mason and his siblings formed a family bluegrass band and started playing local shows.  As time went on, the group played more and more frequently and became known as The Wright Kids. Soon, the Wright Kids were not only playing local gigs, but also bluegrass festivals, sporting events, TV appearances, and live radio.  In 2005, the band recorded their first album “Havin’ Fun", which included guest artists Dale Perry and Jeff Midkiff.

While playing fiddle in the family band, Mason was also very active on the classical side of things.  At age nine, Mason joined the Roanoke Symphony Junior Strings Orchestra, and at age thirteen he successfully auditioned for the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra.  In 2006, Mason was accepted to the Virginia Governor’s School for Visual and Performing Arts, a month-long arts program held at the University of Richmond.  That same year, he was also nominated for and awarded a talent scholarship from the Smith Mountain Arts Council.

After graduating high school in 2007, Mason began college at Shenandoah Conservatory to further his music education.  While at Shenandoah, Mason gained valuable education and experience in many areas of music including: recording, symphony orchestra, string quartet, opera, and musicals.  After his freshman year, Mason served as the co-concertmaster of the Shenandoah Summer Music Theater pit orchestra.

In 2009 Mason joined bluegrass band Lonesome Highway.  During his time with the band, Mason enjoyed playing at many great venues on the bluegrass festival circuit including: The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Graves Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Cabin Fever, Pickin’ in the Panhandle, Watermelon Park Fest, and the IBMA awards.  In 2011 Lonesome Highway released their new album "Got Away With Murder" which debuted #1 on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Bluegrass Album Chart and received frequent airplay on Sirius XM Radio.  While touring with Lonesome Highway, Mason was also doing session work providing fiddle and violin tracks for artists such as Kenny Ray Horton of the U.S. Navy band Country Current, and Grammy nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane.

Currently, Mason plays fiddle with Audie Blaylock and Redline.  When he's not on the road with the band, Mason teaches bluegrass fiddle in Winchester, VA where he currently resides with his wife and daughter.