The Austin-based husband and wife duo The Mastersons new album, Good Luck Charm, originally scheduled for release June 13 will now be released physically on July 25 due to a manufacturing delay. The album will be available digitally on July 4.
The Mastersons embody the singular spark husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have developed in their experiences living, touring and making music together.
I saw The Mastersons twice at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest this year, once as part of The Dukes and Duchesses (Steve Earle’s backing outfit) and as a duo. The latter showcased their first album and new material which features on this release.
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 reportedly 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 eleven emotionally precise new songs that are firmly rooted in sometimes-harsh reality, yet which radiate hope and optimism.