James Mastro, the Hoboken-based rock and Americana singer-songwriter-guitarist, has been a beloved figure in the music scene for decades. Most notably known for his work with The Bongos and The Health & Happiness Show, Mastro has taken a step towards the forefront with his debut solo album, “Dawn of a New Error.” And what an impressive step it is.

The album, set to release on Feb. 21,2024 via MPress Records, is a 11-track masterpiece that showcases Mastro’s talent as a songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist. Produced by Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith’s bassist and producer) at Hobo Sound and recorded and mixed by Grammy nominee James Frazee, “Dawn of a New Error” is a dynamic blend of Americana, rock, and Gospel influences.

The album kicks off with the infectious “Right Words, Wrong Song” featuring guest vocals from Mastro’s longtime friend and collaborator, Ian Hunter. The track is a perfect introduction to the album, with its upbeat tempo, catchy chorus, and stellar guitar work from Mastro. With Hunter’s signature gritty vocals, the song sets the tone for the rest of the album.

The next track, “My god,” is a standout with its poignant lyrics and engaging melody. Mastro’s vocals shine on this track, conveying emotion and sincerity as he sings about faith in oneself and others. The song features a driving bass line from Shanahan and a powerful guitar solo from Mastro, solidifying it as a highlight of the album.

The hopeful “Three Words” has a nostalgic feel reminiscent of classic rock, with its driving bass. Hunter’s guest vocals add depth to the track, as he and Mastro’s voices blend perfectly together. “Everywhere” is another standout track, with its twangy Americana vibe and hauntingly beautiful lyrics.

Listeners will find themselves singing along to the catchy chorus of “Someday Someone Will Turn Your Head Around.” The song combines Mastro’s Springsteen-esque vocals with Gospel influences, creating an uplifting and optimistic track. The gospel group’s powerful vocals add a soulful touch, while the guitar work and keys bring a familiar rock feel.

The album takes a reflective turn with “Here Beside Me,” a beautiful ballad that showcases Mastro’s songwriting skills. The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a past love, while the music creates a bittersweet atmosphere. “The Face of the Sun,” another track featuring Hunter’s guest vocals, is a hopeful and uplifting tune. The lyrics deliver a powerful message of resilience and hope in the face of adversity.

The playful “Gangster Baby” is a standout track with its clever lyrics and upbeat tempo. Mastro’s vocals have a flirtatious edge to them, and the song features an infectious guitar riff. The album closes with “River Runs Forever,” an introspective track that flows through lost loves and musings on the end of days.

“Dawn of a New Error” is a triumph for James Mastro, showcasing his versatility and talent as a musician. The album is a seamless blend of rock, Americana, and Gospel influences, with heartfelt lyrics and powerful vocals. Mastro has truly found his voice as a frontman, and it’s a voice that demands to be heard. With this album, he has solidified his place as a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. “Dawn of a New Error” is a must-listen for any music lover.

Steve Levine

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A music industry veteran of over 30 years, Michael Stover is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, with a degree specializing in the Music and Video business. Michael has used that education to gain a wealth of experience within the industry: from retail music manager and DJ, to two-time Billboard Magazine Contest winning songwriter, performer and chart-topping producer, and finally, award-winning artist manager, publicist, promoter and label president. In just 10 years, MTS Records has released 40+ Top 40 New Music Weekly country chart singles, including FIFTEEN #1s and 8 Top 85 Music Row chart singles. MTS has also promoted 60+ Top 40 itunes chart singles, including 60+ Top 5s and 40+ #1s, AND a Top 5 Billboard Magazine chart hit! Michael has written columns featured in Hypebot, Music Think Tank, and Fair Play Country Music, among others. Michael is a 2020 Hermes Creative Awards Winner and a 2020 dotComm Awards Winner for marketing and communication. Michael has managed and/or promoted artists and events from the United States, UK, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Australia and Sweden, making MTS a truly international company.