Blues, soul and southern roots: Atlanta-based Eddie 9V brings rhythm twang to Rifle’s Ute Theatre

Eddie 9V
Phil Einsohn

All the bases are covered with every performance by original blues-rock guitarist Eddie 9V.

“The sax player in our band says everyone gets a piece,” said Eddie 9V frontman Brooks Mason. “It’s a whole stacked band.”

Consisting of Mason’s husky voice and his blues guitar scrawling through the acoustic, Eddie 9V brings that musical ethos to Rifle, performing live at The Ute Theater and Events Center on Friday at 7:30pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the box office.

Typically complete with keyboards, sax, drums, bass and raspy riffs from Mason’s guitar, the Atlanta-based artist infuses his performances with a fast-paced, bluesy vibe reminiscent of Muddy Waters on pep pills.

“It’s just a whole lot of energy,” Mason said of the upcoming performance. “Basically the band is firing on all cylinders, man.”

Eddie 9V is a product of the Atlanta roots and blues clubs. Inspired by legends like Al Green, Percy Sledge, and of course Muddy Waters, Brooks began emulating those sounds at the age of 15 at southern barbecue joints. Since then, Mason has released two albums: 2019’s Left My Soul in Memphis and, more recently, Little Black Flies.

Blended into his formula is Mason’s unique ability to transform his lyrics into something unique. Mason originally started out as a drummer, and his uncle, Uncle Brian, improvised and added new lyrics as the family’s lead singer.

“He had a few drinks and started making up lyrics to the songs,” Mason said of Uncle Brian. “I really learned how to speak to an audience in front of him.”

This is Eddie’s fourth time playing 9V in Colorado and his first appearance at the Ute Theater.

Ute Theater Manager Anna Kaiser said Tuesday the Western Garfield County venue is excited to bring back original blues and rock bands featuring the likes of Eddie 9V.

“That was a good spring line-up, but I think returning to our blues, country and rock acts will be a nice little change,” she said. “We’ve had many other blues/rock bands that have graced our stage and he’s something of a new up and coming younger artist that we’re happy to welcome.”

There’s no hiding Rifle’s busy weekend ahead. Downtown has its annual farmers market. The city’s little league baseball circuit is planned. This could affect ticket sales and visitor numbers.

Kaiser said this reality could also give concert-goers a more personal experience on Friday when Eddie 9V starts jamming.

“Absolutely,” she said. “And our theater only seats about 300 people, so it’s definitely an intimate experience every time you come.”

Mason said the clean air and rugged mountains are why it’s one of his favorite regions in the US, he said. But while he’s looking forward to coming back, he’s genuinely looking forward to playing his Southern Comfort in front of the Rifle music lovers.

“It will be a fun event for everyone,” he said. “If you’re into roots music, soul music and blues, you can’t miss it.” For more music by Eddie 9V, visit

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