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ROAD MASTERS: Rootsy rockers the Mastersons are a major presence on Steve Earle’s latest tour

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The husband-and-wife team of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, better known as The Mastersons, will be with Steve Earle and the Dukes at the Tower Theatre on Thursday, Dec. 21 at 8:00 P.M.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Brought together in holy matrimony but bound together by the music, guitarist Chris Masterson and string player Eleanor Whitmore are The Mastersons, a “countrypolitan” duo that have not only worked with the likes of Son Volt and Regina Spektor, to name a few, but continue to pull double-duty as the opening act for Steve Earle as well as being members of his backing band, the Dukes.

“We’re sort of where folk and rock n’ roll and country meet,” Masterson said. “We also grew up liking Ray Price and Ray Davies; if we’re writing a song that sounds too much like pop, we’ll throw a fiddle on it and vice-versa. Steve Earle really gets the credit for us recording, because he said he was going to bring us both out on the road and we better have a record ready because he was gonna feature us in the show, and that was kind of a kick in the ass to get it together.”

And get it together they did, crafting a loyal fanbase and much critical love, currently supporting their latest album Transient Lullaby, an LP they describe as “darker, wistful and imbued with the insights brought by an itinerant lifestyle.” Having been on the road together for years now opening and playing for Steve Earle, while Masterson said he enjoys the solo thing, he also cherishes being a vital part of Earle’s crew, describing it as a “supporting role but an important one.”

Showing no signs of road wear, the Mastersons will be doing their two-for-one thing both opening for and playing with Steve Earle and the Dukes on Thursday, December 21st, 8 p.m. at the Tower Theatre, 425 N.W. 23rd St. The show is all ages and tickets are available at

“When we get into a city, when you play a show, you give it your all, because anybody that buys a ticket deserves a good show,” Masterson said. “Music should just make you feel good. If you’re going out to a show, it should give you a reprieve from your worries or whatever else is going on in your life. That’s what music does for me, so I would really hope to give another music fan that feeling as well.”

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