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The Mastersons 6/5/14 + Video

The Mastersons 6/5/14
Written by Will Kyle
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  • Date Recorded: June 5, 2014
  • Artist / Band: The Mastersons
  • Hosting Show: Collector's Edition
  • Sound: Andy Coco
  • Video: Brandon Bischoff and Alan Lorence

The countrified, poppy aesthetic of the Mastersons, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter duo, was forged at a festival in Colorado where the pair first met by chance.

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Before their meeting, Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore toured extensively, Whitmore with Regina Spektor, Bruce Robinson and Kelly Willis, and Masterson with Son Volt and Jack Ingram.

Soon after the pair met, they found themselves working together while on tour with Steve Earle's band, the Dukes and Duchesses. Earle supported the Mastersons by featuring them during live performances, which garnered the duo critical support from both the audiences and critics who found comfort in the group's alternative country style, compatibility, evocative lyrics and wholesome attitude. 2012's "Birds Fly South" followed shortly thereafter, which featured the standout tracks "You Don't Know" and "Crash Test," both evoking a sound reminiscent of the Weakerthans mixed with Sharon Van Etten with a twist of Conor Oberst.

For this Live at KDHX Session, the Mastersons performed four saccharine songs from their upcoming album "Good Luck Charm." "Closer to You" features Whitmore taking lead vocal duties, testifying how she'd "Give anything to be close to you," while "I Found You" offers an introspective style, violin, finger picking and well-timed verse switching between Masterson and Whitmore. Accented with violin, "Cautionary Tale" quietly rides the razor's edge between safety and peril, nicely pouring the sentiment into an unknown other who needs to learn to wise up. "Good Luck Charm" opens with Whitmore painting a picture of loneliness, which is delightfully complicated as Masterson enters the track, dispelling Whitmore's loneliness.

Give the Mastersons a spin, you may find they become your newest "Good Luck Charm."

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