The Mastersons are singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore. When they’re not touring the world as valued longtime members of Steve Earle‘s band - The Dukes - the musical and marital twosome make inspired albums of their own emotionally vivid, deeply humanistic songs. The duo’s fourth set of original compositions is the appropriately titled No Time for Love Songs.
The Mastersons, who now call Los Angeles home after stints in Austin, Brooklyn and Terlingua, Texas; recorded No Time for Love Songs at L.A.’s legendary Sunset Sound Recorders with producer Shooter Jennings; the album was engineered and mixed by five-time Grammy award-winning engineer, Ryan Freeland. Shooter had recruited The Mastersons to play on his albums Family Man (2012) and The Other Life (2013), and they’d recently reunited to work on Tanya Tucker’s acclaimed Grammy nominated comeback album While I’m Livin’, which Jennings co-produced with Brandi Carlile.
Prior to their recording partnership, Chris played with Son Volt, Jack Ingram and others, while Eleanor lent her talents to projects by Regina Spektor and Angus & Julia Stone. In 2012, they released their first collaborative effort, Birds Fly South. Winning widespread critical acclaim and Esquire designating The Mastersons "one of the bands you need to know right now.” Sophomore effort Good Luck Charm was praised by the Austin Chronicle for its “spunky wit and rare emotional maturity” and earned The Mastersons slots on NPR’s Mountain Stage along with other high-profile festivals around the world. 2017’s Transient Lullaby explored new musical and lyrical territory, demonstrating how much the pair’s songwriting and performing skills had evolved with time, travel and experience. With No Time for Love Songs, the duo also celebrates the tenth anniversary of their partnership as they continue their creative journey, a crafted collection of songs that could easily serve as the soundtrack to our lives—or at least one version of it.