The Mastersons

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The Mastersons
OriginBrooklyn, New York, United States
GenresAlternative country, Americana
Years active2012–present
LabelsNew West
Associated actsSteve Earle
Son Volt
Jack Ingram
Will Hoge
MembersChris Masterson
Eleanor Whitmore

The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, is an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York.



Masterson and Whitmore, both Texas born, enjoyed successful careers as supporting musicians. Masterson toured with Son Volt, and Whitmore played fiddle for Kelly Willis.[1] They met at a 2006 Steamboat Springs music festival, and married each other in 2009.[2]

Masterson assisted on Whitmore's solo record in 2009, and Whitmore provided harmony vocals and violin on Masterson's EP. In 2011 the duo joined Steve Earle's touring band, The Dukes and Duchesses.[3][4]


In 2012, the duo christened themselves "The Mastersons" and recorded their debut record, Birds Fly South which collected songs they'd written independently of each other. Supporting musicians include Mike Hardwick (pedal steel), Sweney Tidball (keyboards), George Reiff (bass), and Falcon Valdez (drums).[5]

The songs on 2014's Good Luck Charm were all co-written by the duo. The album was produced by Jim Scott (Tom Petty), and they were joined by John Ginty (keyboards) and Mark Stepro (drums).[6]

On their third record Transient Lullaby, released in 2017,the title track reflects their constant touring, and the numerous cities they have lived in.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Whitmore's sister is singer/songwriter/bassist Bonnie Whitmore, and the Mastersons have provided musical support on Bonnie's recordings.[8]

Whitmore's mother is an opera singer, and her father is a folk singer. Eleanor is also an accomplished pilot.[9]


The Mastersons[edit]


Eleanor Whitmore[edit]

  • 2008: Airplanes (self-released Bandcamp)

Chris Masterson[edit]

  • 2008: The Late Great Chris Masterson (self-released)


  1. ^ Bloom, D.C. (1 May 2012). "Mastersons: Birds Fly South". Lone Star Music. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  2. ^ Cordtz, Kay (8 May 2012). "The Mastersons Harmonize on Stages from Austin to London". RollMagazine. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. ^ Alison Fensterstock, "Married duo The Mastersons, of Steve Earle's backing band, fly solo at Chickie Wah Wah",, December 4, 2012
  4. ^ "The Mastersons | Official Website | About". Retrieved 2014-07-11.
  5. ^ Hope, Maurice (20 October 2012). "The Mastersons - Birds Fly South". Flying Shoes. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  6. ^ Whitelock, Ed (7 October 2014). "The Mastersons: Good Luck Charm". PopMatters. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  7. ^ Ruehl, Kim (24 April 2017). "The Mastersons Are Constantly Moving with "Transient Lullaby" (Premiere)". No Depression. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  8. ^ Gilstrap, Andrew (14 August 2013). "Bonnie Whitmore - There I Go Again". PopMatters. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Eleanor Whitmore Rises to the Occasion on Airplanes". BlogCritics. 29 January 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2017.

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