Vincent Mason: ‘Can’t Just Be Me’ – Debut EP Review

Vincent Mason shares his debut EP, Can’t Just Be Me, out now, May 24th, on all streaming platforms. Listen to the brand new project below.

Newly signed to Interscope Records/UMG Nashville/Music Soup, Vincent Mason is musically wise beyond his 23 years. While it would be easy to take a look at the young singer-songwriter and dismiss him as another young country wannabe, the music is so much more nuanced and impressive than one might expect.

With a unique vocal style and unspoken maturity, the Georgia native is ready to take the genre by storm. Listing one of his main musical inspirations as John Mayer, that prowess is immediately evident on his new EP, Can’t Just Be Me, out now.

“This EP is a great representation of everything that’s happened from when I first started writing songs up until now. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to co-produce for the first time alongside Brett Truitt,” Mason said in a statement. “The music sounds exactly how I envisioned and I’m excited to mark this moment in time and have it to look back on one day.”  Mason added of his signing, “I’m so grateful to have Interscope, Universal Nashville, and Music Soup help bring our vision to life and keep building on what we’ve started. I couldn’t feel better about the team around me and I’m excited to get to work.”

Laced with acoustic guitars and harmonicas, Mason’s EP is a unique brand of singer-songwriter heartbreak country music. That theme permeates the collection, as he deals with the end of a relationship throughout the bulk of the six tracks.

With over 17 million streams already under his belt, “Hell is a Dance Floor,” is an immediate standout, a clever and moody take on watching the one you love move on before your eyes. His unique lyrical style and knack for storytelling is on full display here, as he laments, “Hell is a dance floor watching a red dress // Spin around with someone new // My hearts for damn sure breaking in my chest // Watching him fall for you // Part of me wants to leave this place but I can’t get the other half to look away // Every song’s reminding me // That I ain’t yours // Oh Hell is a dance floor.”

The EP’s opening track “May Be” finds Mason channeling his inner Jack Johnson, with a song that wouldn’t be out of place on country radio or at a local coffee shop. Here, he muses about where his life was before he met someone special. “Loving you may be the only thing I’m made for // Maybe these boots were made to get you on the dance floor // And that empty bench seat was always supposed to be yours, He sings, voice laced with emotion. “If I called it fate would it be crazy // ‘Cause loving you may be.”

“Take Too Much” is a clever contradiction between uptempo music and downtrodden lyrics as he admits that it doesn’t “take too much” to get him to a place where he’s thinking about an ex. Likewise, “Livin’ Proof” finds him looking in on someone with a broken heart. “Make it in before closing time If you wanna know what a ghost looks like,” He sings poignantly. You wanna save him don’t even try // He’s living proof of a lost goodbye.”

The EP’s final two songs, “Can’t Just Be Me” and “Really Don’t” are both strong contenders for the best of the bunch, with the title track a stirringly sparse heartbreak ballad that finds him longing for answers. Meanwhile, “Really Don’t” is arguably the most up-tempo and polished track on the item, harmonicas accompanying Laurel Canyon-inspired by guitars as he deals with the aftermath of a relationship that finds him admitting, “I guess you really don’t love me, I guess you really don’t.”

Vincent Mason’s Can’t Just Be Me EP finds the young singer-songwriter wise beyond his years with a perfect blend of acoustic-leaning country.

Can’t Just Be Me EP Track List:

  1. May Be (Vincent Mason, Jared Scott, and Brett Truitt)
  2. Hell is a Dance Floor (Vincent Mason and Chase McDaniel)
  3. Livin’ Proof (Vincent Mason, Forest Finn, Joe Whelan, and Brett Truitt)
  4. Take Too Much (Vincent Mason and Bobby Hambrick)
  5. Can’t Just Be Me (Vincent Mason)
  6. Really Don’t Love Me (Vincent Mason, Forest Finn, and Jack Hummel)

Country Swag Picks:

  1. Really Don’t Love Me
  2. Can’t Just Be Me
  3. May Be

Vincent Mason shares debut EP, ‘Can’t Just Be Me,’ out now on all streaming platforms.

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about future Vincent Mason releases.

To keep up with Vincent Mason, follow him on Instagram and TikTok.

Can’t Just Be Me EP is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.


Who Is Vincent Mason? The Story Behind His Journey to Country Music

Who is Vincent Mason? The singer-songwriter joined us to chat about his journey to country music. Get to know the rising star here…


Quick Facts:

Full Name – Vincent Mason
Birthdate – November 10th, 2000
Hometown – Roswell, Georgia
Current City – Nashville, Tennessee
Musical Influences – Parker McCollum, John Mayer, Morgan Wallen, Eric Church, Ernest
Current Single – “A Little Too Good” (As of article date – 3/6/23)

The Beginning:

Today our spotlight shines on an artist that is truly made for this industry. Vincent Mason grew up loving sports; however, when he realized his knack for music, everything changed. Learn more about his story here.

“I grew up right outside of Atlanta and I wasn’t doing music much. I was really playing football and basketball, but I liked it a lot,” he began. “When I was a kid, I would always kind of be singing, but I never thought it was anything like that, and then I didn’t get a guitar until my sophomore year of high school. I didn’t start playing and singing until senior year.”

A music fan at first, Mason found himself listening to a variety of music during his upbringing. “I was listening to a lot of genres. I didn’t really listen to country music until 8th grade or freshman year, but my dad loved whatever was new, so whatever the hit was with pop music, was what I was listening to. Around 5th or 6th grade, I started listening to rap, too” he shared. “Then in 8th grade/freshman year, when country radio kind of had a new moment with Sam Hunt and Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, those guys, I definitely had an ear for country hits.” He also shared that he became a huge fan of John Mayer later on in high school. Mayer is an artist that continues to be a huge inspiration to him.

After high school, Mason left home to attend school at Ole Miss, where on a whim, he decided to bring his guitar with him. A few months later, he found himself dabbling with writing songs. “Around Christmas break at Ole Miss I had written my first song and that was about two years ago, so ever since I wrote the first one I knew that was what I wanted to do, but I was kind of late to it. It wasn’t really a childhood kind of thing for me.”


The Turning Point:

Mason returned to college for his second semester, only to get sent home in March due to the looming pandemic. While home, the singer-songwriter began to hone his craft at country songwriting, drawing inspiration from artists like Mayer and Parker McCollum.

“I was listening to country hits and John Mayer, leading up to the first song that’s really always been the balance of what I’m doing in my songwriting. Parker McCollum’s doing a really good job […] As soon as I heard him, I thought I could write a song,” he shared, adding, “The balance [McCollum] struck is kind of what I’m after.” This enticed Mason to write songs that had vibes similar to Mayer, but with a country flair.

With just a few weeks before he was slated to go back to school, Mason took a leap of faith. “I kept writing through that summer (2020), and I remember coming down one day, 2 or 3 weeks before I was supposed to go back to Ole Miss, and I told my parents I’ve been writing songs and I really just think I need to go to Nashville.”

Mason added, “I immediately tried to backtrack and my mom was like ‘no you said it and you meant it, so we’ll figure out a way to get you there.’” Shortly thereafter, the singer was armed with a dream and a spot at Lipscomb University in Nashville.


Flash forward to today, Mason has a handful of songs already out, with many more coming down the pipeline and an EP in the works. Most recently, the singer released a song called, ” A Little Too Good.” Interestingly, Mason wrote the song as an assignment for his songwriting class.

“That was the first song I wrote when I moved here,” he began. “It was September or October of 2020, and I was in a songwriting class at Lipscomb, and the assignment was to take 2 songs and elements from 2 different songs and make something new out of it.” Drawing inspiration from unreleased songs at the time by Morgan Wallen and Parker McCollum, “A Little Too Good” was created.

“I thought it was a cool way to kind of get at something going wrong […] It felt like an interesting way to say something was going wrong to start out by saying it was too good. That was the first time I had to finish something on a deadline, so I sat up all night trying to finish it for class the next day.”

“A Little Too Good” is a song that perfectly describes Mason’s artistry. It also gives fans a window into what the upcoming EP, slated for an April release will entail. According to the singer, “I will be releasing hopefully as much music as we can get out.” Keep your eyes and ears peeled!


Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news and announcements about future Vincent Mason releases.

To keep up with Vincent Mason, follow him on Instagram and TikTok.

Vincent Mason’s music is available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released tunes on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.