The Mastersons: Birds Fly South

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There have been many famous familial conglomerations over the years in popular music, particularly in the genres of country and R&B, where names like Carter, Louvin, Jackson, and Ike & Tina need no introduction. The shared communal joys and passions for music flowed naturally through these families as they all grew up and matriculated in households where records were constantly spun and instruments and songbooks were passed around like gravy at the Thanksgiving table. Traditionally, there has been another plentiful subset of these “family bands” in the form of the husband and wife duo, in some cases pared down as simply a man/woman pair who may or may not be romantically involved. The names here also need no introduction as George and Tammy, Kenny and Dolly, Jack and Meg, and She and Him stand out over other worthy yet lesser-known contributors like Jenny and Johnny, the Civil Wars, the Rosebuds, and Mates of State. Record labels, managers, and the artists themselves seem to be recognizing the revamped appeal of these duos as the music industry has seen an explosion in popularity within this duo genre. Along these lines come the Mastersons, the very much married (despite the joint band surname) pair of Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore.

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