The Mastersons

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About The Mastersons

Melodic alt-country combo the Mastersons, are built around the husband-and-wife team of Chris Masterson (guitar and vocals) and Eleanor Whitmore (violin and vocals). Both Texas natives who had already built strong resumes on their own, Masterson and Whitmore came together as staples of Steve Earle's backing band and in 2012 launched a side project recording their own songs as the Mastersons. While continuing to back Earle and myriad other acts, they slowly built their own sturdy audience, singing about their nomadic lifestyle on 2017's acclaimed Transient Lullaby and their Shooter Jennings-produced fourth album, No Time for Love Songs, in 2020. Both Masterson and Whitmore were seasoned touring and recording musicians (Whitmore with Regina Spektor, Bruce Robison, and Kelly Willis and Masterson with Son Volt and Jack Ingram) when they met at a festival in Colorado. A personal and musical bond grew out of that meeting, and they soon found themselves working together in Steve Earle's band, the Dukes and Duchesses. Earle regularly featured the pair in his shows on tour, and the critical and audience reaction they received led to a record deal with New West Records. The Mastersons' debut album, Birds Fly South, appeared in 2012, and featured the duo's joyful but still dark alt-country vision paired with a seasoned rhythm section. In 2014, the Mastersons released their second album, Good Luck Charm. Produced by Jim Scott, the set featured stronger political themes as well as more personal material. Also inspired by frequent moves as a consequence of life on the road, the like-minded Transient Lullaby followed in 2017, this time on Red House Records. For their fourth album, the Mastersons enlisted Shooter Jennings to produce. The duo had played on two of Jennings' previous albums and worked with him again in 2019 backing up Tanya Tucker on her Grammy-winning While I'm Livin' album. Recorded at legendary L.A. studio, Sunset Sound, No Time for Love Songs was released in early 2020. ~ Steve Leggett

ORIGIN
Austin, TX, United States
FORMED
2012
GENRE
Americana

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