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The Mastersons

After building Americana's best resume, ex-Houstonian Chris Masterson and wife Eleanor Whitmore come into their own on new LP Birds Fly South.
Paul Robert Wright
After building Americana's best resume, ex-Houstonian Chris Masterson and wife Eleanor Whitmore come into their own on new LP Birds Fly South.

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McGonigel's Mucky Duck

2425 Norfolk
Houston, TX 77098

Category: Music Venues

Region: Lower Shepherd-Kirby

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5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Cactus Music, 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 or www.cactusmusictx.com. Free. Also 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at McGonigel's Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk, 713-528-5999 or www.mcgonigels.com.

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After years of polishing their résumés with some of the biggest names in roots-rock and Americana, it's time to meet the Mastersons. Guitarist Chris Masterson and his violinist — or is that fiddler? — wife Eleanor Whitmore have put in time with Son Volt and most recently the touring company of Steve Earle's Dukes and Duchesses, stealing away for Continental Club or Mucky Duck gigs in Masterson's hometown as the Brooklyn-dwelling couple's schedule permits. Don't look for many hearts and flowers on the Mastersons' first album as a couple, though. Birds Fly South, due next month on New West Records, is closer to the Jayhawks' tortured but melodic folk-rock than some sappy country-duets album. "We're more a band than a duo, and we're not going to be George and Tammy," the Mastersons tell biographer Peter Cooper. "We might not even be John and Exene."

 
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