Mason Via, originally from the Winston Salem, NC area and now living in Nashville, TN, grew up going to fiddler’s conventions and music festivals around NC and VA. He was steeped in the rich Appalachian culture that surrounds the area. Picking and singing from an early age, Mason combines soulful high-lonesome singing with virtuosic instrumental abilities. With his father being an award-winning bluegrass songwriter, Mason's lyrics are also considered to be the driving force behind his music, and his vocals back up the deep emotion that his lyrics possess.
In 2016, Mason completed a Virginia Folklife Songwriting apprenticeship with his father, award-winning songwriter David Via. Mason has placed in contests and picked up ribbons at several conventions and festivals throughout Appalachia. Catch Mason performing solo or with his flaming-hot "newgrass" band, Hot Trail Mix. Mason and Hot Trail Mix were just named the 2019 FloydFest OTR competition runner-up and are a 3-time winner of the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival's band competition. Most recently, Mason was a “Golden Ticket Winner” at the American Idol competition and made it through several of the Hollywood-rounds.