The late Joe Cocker is no doubt grinning in heaven as former Traffic guitarist Dave Mason performs “Feelin’ Alright” with gusto during his “Traffic Jam World Tour.” Cocker’s 1972 version of Mason’s hit may be regarded as the definitive version, but Mason is content playing the song exactly how he wrote it for Traffic in 1968.
“I play “Feelin’ Alright” today the way I’ve always played it,” the rock ’n’ roll journeyman and philanthropist said. “Not necessarily Joe’s interpretation or anyone else’s.”
The Woodstock nation’s numbers are thinning, and this is a time of reflection for Mason, whose tour affords a multimedia presentation of Traffic cuts, solo hits such as “We Just Disagree,” rare photos and stories from the road.
For Mason, it’s a chance to revisit compositions and musical ideas that he doesn’t regard as “old,” but simply “good.” For fans, it is a chance to hear an often-covered musician in his own words.
Weekender recently caught up with Mason for an interview.