11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their second album, the married duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore cowrote the songs together and took their Texas-born souls to Southern California to work with producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco), where they let the sunshine in. As experienced touring and recording musicians, they apply the lessons learned and waste no time. The title track showcases their strengths for melody and instrumentation, while “Closer to You” gives Whitmore a perfect setting for her striking voice. The consistent, hustling pace suggests their years currently spent in Brooklyn, N.Y., have affected them more than they might realize. “Uniform” slows briefly, but the splendor of “It’s Not Like Me” and the Chris Masterson–led “Everywhere but Here” serve as a mid-album knockout. Producer Scott, however, finds room for the important licks, and the organ often finds itself leading as much as settling in the background. Besides, the album’s “second” side allows for the violin-sweetened “I Found You” and the gently expanding “Time Is Tender.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

For their second album, the married duo of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore cowrote the songs together and took their Texas-born souls to Southern California to work with producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Wilco), where they let the sunshine in. As experienced touring and recording musicians, they apply the lessons learned and waste no time. The title track showcases their strengths for melody and instrumentation, while “Closer to You” gives Whitmore a perfect setting for her striking voice. The consistent, hustling pace suggests their years currently spent in Brooklyn, N.Y., have affected them more than they might realize. “Uniform” slows briefly, but the splendor of “It’s Not Like Me” and the Chris Masterson–led “Everywhere but Here” serve as a mid-album knockout. Producer Scott, however, finds room for the important licks, and the organ often finds itself leading as much as settling in the background. Besides, the album’s “second” side allows for the violin-sweetened “I Found You” and the gently expanding “Time Is Tender.”

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Customer Reviews

5 out of 5

7 Ratings

They just keep getting better...

luzzy,

We had the pleasure of " discovering " The Mastersons a couple of years and have been eagerly awaiting the sophomore effort. After listening to Closer to You and Good Luck Charm , it's obvious that they are indeed the real deal. Chris and Eleanor have voices and harmony that are perfect matches - the songwriting is refreshing storytelling that is a welcome change to the mainstream. And the music - well, you'll be tapping your foot I'm sure:)

I love this CD

Sanduka59,

I just bought this today and just love it. They have such good voices and the lyrics are great. I got to see them when they toured with Steve Earle and was amazed how talented they both are.

About The Mastersons

A Texas-raised but Brooklyn-based alt-country band, the Mastersons are built around the husband-and-wife team of Chris Masterson (guitar and vocals) and Eleanor Whitmore (violin and vocals). 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 rhythm section of George Reiff (bass) and Falcon Valdez (drums). 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 on Red House Records. ~ Steve Leggett

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