Shows

Jul
12
Houston, TX McGonigel's Mucky Duck
Tickets
Jul
19
Austin, TX Stubb's Jr.
Record release show for The Mastersons new album Good Luck Charm - With very special guest Emily Bell
Tickets
Aug
07
Decatur, GA Eddie's Attic
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Aug
08
Charlotte, NC The Evening Muse
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Aug
09
Floyd, VA Chateau Morrisette
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Sep
11
St Louis, MO The Stage at KDHX
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Sep
14
Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
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Sep
16
Cleveland, OH Music Box Supper Club
Tickets
Sep
18
Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe
Tickets
Sep
19
Vienna, VA Jammin Java
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Sep
20
Brooklyn, NY Rough Trade
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Sep
21
Southold, NY Freedom School Concert Series
Sep
22
Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Sep
23
New York, NY City Winery
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Sep
25
Evanston, IL SPACE
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Sep
26
Chicago, IL Schubas
TICKETS PURCHASED FOR THE ORIGINAL DATE WILL BE HONORED MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO ATTEND
Tickets
Sep
27
Minneapolis, MN Dakota Jazz Club
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Sep
30
Dallas, TX Kessler Theatre
w/ Justin Currie
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Oct
01
Austin, TX Cactus Cafe
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Oct
05
Los Angeles, CA Largo
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets
Oct
08
Mill Valley, CA Sweetwater Music Hall
w/ Justin Currie
Tickets

Latest Blog Posts

NEW RECORD, GOOD LUCK CHARM, OUT TODAY!!!

Posted: 07/08/14

BIG NEWS!!! The Mastersons new album Good Luck Charm is out today! Get your copy on CD, 180g vinyl or digital download here on our site or from Amazon or iTunes.

New York Times

Posted: 06/25/14

The Mastersons album, Good Luck Charm is streaming on the New York Times website. Check it out.

NEW ALBUM, GOOD LUCK CHARM, AVAILABLE JULY 8TH

Posted: 06/09/14

Hey folks -

Thanks to all of you that have already pre-ordered a copy of the new record! We wanted to inform you of a slight change of plans here at Mastersons HQ. The release date for Good Luck Charm has been moved to July 8th due to a manufacturing error. We will have advance copies available starting June 10th at our shows.

Check out our tour schedule and pick up your copy early.

Sorry for any inconvenience. We hope to see your faces at a show near you soon!

Cheers-
C+E

THE MASTERSONS READY SOPHOMORE LP, GOOD LUCK CHARM, PRODUCED BY JIM SCOTT, ANNOUNCES TOUR WITH JUSTIN CURRIE AND STEVE EARLE

Posted: 05/21/14

LOS ANGELES, CA, April 9, 2014 – Filled with irresistible melodies, buoyant harmonies and stellar songwriting, The Mastersons’ sophomore LP, Good Luck Charm, due June 17 on New West Records, embodies the singular spark husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have developed in their experiences living, touring and making music together. The title track, which is premiering over at Paste today, was inspired by Senator Wendy Davis’ historic filibuster in the band’s hometown of Austin last summer. “This isn’t meant to be a political album, but there are definitely some tracks that touch on that,” Eleanor says. “But it’s meant to be galvanizing, not polarizing. In the current political climate, people are frustrated and feel like they don’t have a voice, but I know from experience that if people organize and speak up, they can make a difference. That’s what that song’s about.”

Their second record together, yet in many ways their first full-on collaboration, all of Good Luck Charm’s songs were co-written by the couple, giving the material added depth and a powerful collective lyrical identity matched by their expressive harmonies. Recorded in Southern California with noted producer/engineer Jim Scott, whose resume includes work with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Wilco and Dixie Chicks, it’s evident from the first note that the California sunshine seeped into the album as it’s both more upbeat and positive than their critically lauded 2012 debut LP, Birds Fly South. From the effervescent pop-rock opener, “Good Luck Charm” to the country-fried “Closer To You,” to the gentle romance of “I Found You” and the soaring “Cautionary Tale,” this new collection raises the stakes with 11 emotionally precise new songs that are firmly rooted in sometimes-harsh reality, yet which radiate hope and optimism.

“Playing a few hundred shows has really solidified us as a band and focused our vision for the new record,” Chris says. “Every song is crafted for the two of us. When we made Birds Fly South, it just seamed like a good idea to do a record. Now we know it is.”

While Chris (vocals/guitar) and Eleanor (vocals/fiddle) are seasoned songwriters and virtuosic multi- instrumentalists in their own right, they have also become integral members of Steve Earle’s band The Dukes. They were featured on Earle’s 2013 album, The Low Highway, and have played hundreds of shows with him since meeting in 2006. In fact, most of Good Luck Charm was written while on tour with Earle, stealing whatever time they could to work on the songs. Of the duo, Earle proclaims: “Chris is the best guitar player that’s ever been in this band and Eleanor’s a better musician than any of us.”

Denton, TX-born Eleanor and Houston-bred Chris have both been making music for most of their lives. The daughter of an opera-singer mother and a folk singer/airline pilot father, Eleanor began playing fiddle at the age of four and studied with legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, and she and her sister Bonnie (a respected singer/songwriter in her own right) played in the family band. Chris, meanwhile, was a teen guitar prodigy, playing the blues in Houston clubs by the age of 13. Both future partners had considerable success as instrumentalists-for-hire, with Eleanor backing the likes of Regina Spektor, Kelly Willis, Diana Ross and Will Hoge, and Chris playing with Son Volt, Jack Ingram, Bobby Bare Jr. and Wayne Hancock. After meeting at a festival in Colorado in 2005, each released a solo project — Eleanor’s Airplanes and Chris’ The Late Great Chris Masterson — but eventually found more satisfaction in writing, performing and recording together.

The Mastersons are currently in Australia for a tour with Steve Earle as both part of his band and as the opening act. Upon their return home, they will join up with Justin Currie of Del Amitri for a run of shows that will take them across the U.S. with stops in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Dallas and Austin. With a successful SXSW and dates with Los Lobos under their belts, the year is already off to an

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exciting start for the duo. With the release of their confident and compelling Good Luck Charm, as the Austin-American Statesman exclaimed, they’re “poised to be one of Austin’s breakout acts in 2014.”

SXSW 2014 APPEARANCES…

Posted: 03/04/14

Hey friends, it’s that time of year again. When everyone converges on Austin to eat tacos, drink beer and hopefully listen to some good music. We wanted to let you know where we’ll be playing and hanging out during the festivities. Please come and say hi. (Please note, some of the events require that you RSVP. We’re assuming that you all have smartphones and can figure this out). See you soon.

LOVE

C+E

Tue 3/11:

6pm – Barrelled II (invite only)

Wed 3/12:

3:00pm KDRP @ El Mercado (duo)

Thu 3/13:

2:30p – New West records day party @ Threadgills (band)

4:30p – KDHX Twangfest @ Broken Spoke – (duo)

6:30p – Rachael Ray’s Feedback House (duo)

10:00p – New West/Normaltown official showcase @ Velveeta Room (band)

Fri 3/14:

5:45p – “Freebirds! Stage @ St. Vinnies” @ St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store (band)

Sat 3/15:

1:30p – Folk Alliance @ Threadgills (duo)

6:30p – Alejandro Escovedo hosts Maria’s Taco Xpress – (band)

Sun 3/16:

5:30p – Continental Club w/ Alejandro Escovedo – (band)

8pm – Continental Gallery @ Jon Dee & friends – (duo)

NEW RECORD, GOOD LUCK CHARM, COMING IN THE SPRING!

Posted: 02/09/14

If the calm before the storm is us learning tunes from our new record, working on liner notes, planning and packing for a photo shoot on the West coast in February and then heading straight to the East coast to do a tour, oh and trying to buy a house during our “off” time, then I guess this is it.

Music

Good Luck Charm (2014)

Release Date: 07/08/2014
Release Notes: Vinyl includes digital download.
  1. Good Luck Charm
  2. Closer To You
  3. If I Wanted To
  4. Uniform
  5. It's Not Like Me
  6. Anywhere But Here
  7. I Found You
  8. Easy By Your Side
  9. Cautionary Tale
  10. Nobody Knows
  11. Time Is Tender

Already recognized for their critically-lauded 2012 debut album Birds Fly South, Austin, TX-based husband-wife duo The Mastersons are now “poised to be one of Austin’s breakout acts in 2014…” (Austin American Statesman).  While they are seasoned songwriters and virtuosic multi-instrumentalists in their own right, they have also become integral members of Steve Earle’s band The Dukes, having been featured on Earle’s The Low Highway and playing hundreds of shows with Earle for the better part of 3 years.During a break between tours, the duo recorded their sophomore album Good Luck Charm with noted producer/engineer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco, The Dixie Chicks).  The new collection raises the stakes with 11 emotionally precise songs that are firmly rooted in sometimes-harsh reality, yet which radiate faith and optimism.  While Good Luck Charm is their second album together, in many ways it’s their first full-on collaboration.  All of the songs were co-written by Chris and Eleanor, giving the material added depth as well as a powerful collective lyrical identity that’s matched by their expressive harmonies.

Birds Fly South

Release Date: 08/31/2012
  1. You Don't Know
  2. Crash Test
  3. The Other Shoe
  4. Tell Me It's Alright
  5. Money
  6. Would It Really Be A Sin?
  7. Time
  8. One Word More
  9. Fool
  10. No Dancing
  11. Birds Fly South

The Mastersons are Brooklyn based husband-wife band who make “music that fuses indie pop and folk music with big, sweet melodies…” (Houston Chronicle.) Eleanor Whitmore and Chris Masterson spent most of the last year on tour with Steve Earle as an integral part of his band The Dukes and Duchesses.  Each night, Earle stepped aside mid-set and let the Mastersons play.  The young couple took the opportunity to introduce audiences to songs from their debut record Birds Fly South, which will be available from New West Records on April 10. The Mastersons worked with Grammy® Award Winning  Engineer Steve Christensen to  record their rootsy, melodic, twangy, pop songs. Chris and Eleanor showcase their musical talents playing most of the instruments on the record themselves.  They both play electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, and high strung guitar with Chris also playing 12-string and resonator guitars while Eleanor also adds tenor guitars, violin, and baritone violin.