The Mastersons announce European tourdates in January/February31-08-2016
Good Luck Charm is the second album by The Mastersons, the collaboration that Chris Masterson shares with his marital and musical partner Eleanor Whitmore. It's generously filled with infectious melodies, instinctive harmonies and vividly insightful lyrics; Good Luck Charm embodies the uncanny rapport that singer-guitarist Chris and singer-violinist-guitarist Eleanor have developed in their experiences living, touring and making music together.
The Austin, TX-based duo's lilting songcraft and charismatic chemistry have already won over listeners around the world, thanks to the couples ongoing status as members of Steve Earle's band The Dukes, their frequent opening sets for Earle, and their critically-lauded 2012 debut album, Birds Fly South.
Although Good Luck Charm is the Mastersons' second album, in many ways it's their first full-on collaboration. Whereas Birds Fly South consisted largely of songs that they'd composed individually, all of Good Luck Charm's material was 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.
We're very excited to share a whole bunch of headline European tourdates for January/February today:
17-01-2017: Bordeaux (FR) @ Sortie 13
20-01-2017: Den Haag (NL) @ Paard
21-01-2017: Landhorst (NL) @ Buitenlust
23-01-2017: Norderstedt (DE) @ Music Star
24-01-2017: Kristianstad (SWE) @ Bijardkompaniet
25-01-2017: Falkenberg (SWE) @ Tryckhallen
28-01-2017: Avesta (SWE) @ Bjurfors Hotell & Konferens
01-02-2017: Amsterdam (NL) @ Paradiso
02-02-2017: Utrecht (NL) @ TivoliVredenburg
03-02-2017: Leeds (UK) @ Seven Arts
04-02-2017: Twyford (UK) @ The Swiss Cottage
06-02-2017: Witney (UK) @ Fat Lils
09-02-2017: Belfast (N-IRE) @ Real Music Club
10-02-2017: Glasgow (UK) @ CCA
11-02-2017: Gateshead (UK) @ Caedmon Hall
12-02-2017: Bristol (UK) @ The Tunnels
Denton, TX-born Eleanor and Houston-bred Chris have both been making music for most of their lives. Eleanor, the daughter of an opera-singer mother and a folk singer/airline pilot father, began playing fiddle at the age of four and studied with legendary Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble, and she and her sister Bonnie (now 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. After a five-year stint living in Brooklyn, they realized that there was little point paying to live in New York when they were spending most of their time on tour, and relocated to the more hospitable environs of Austin. By then, they were already touring and recording with Steve Earle, performing together on numerous Earle tours and playing on his acclaimed album The Low Highway.