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The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, is an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York.
Both are deft instrumentalists, and they’ve spent years playing in others’ bands before coming together as a unit. They’re bound by music and an uncommon depth of companionship, they’re good enough to make Steve Earle swoon, and all of that sounds quite nice.
Until 16 and a half seconds into track one, when Eleanor Whitmore begins singing, “The twitch in my left eye came back today.” “Yeah, we’re not exactly gazing lovingly at each other while we’re playing these songs,” says guitarist Chris Masterson. “Sometimes the ‘couple’ thing can seem a bit schmaltzy. We’re more a band tha...
Joshua James is an American singer-songwriter currently based out of American Fork, Utah and Lincoln, Nebraska.
On his second album, Build Me This, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed The Sun is Always Brighter, produced by industry veteran Shannon Edgar, James expands his musical palette to foreboding doom-laden hard rock. Progressing from folkish harmonies, to country twang, world beats and southern home rock while further exploring themes of spiritual searching and heartbreaking loss. Possessing a whispery and intimate vocal style that works its way into the ear peacefully and directly, Joshua James is pitched midway between seminal influences like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.
“I find solace and beauty in dark...
Hailing from New Jersey and a newly-minted Princeton graduate, Anthony D'Amato is an as-yet-unsigned folk musician whose music leans towards alt-country Americana. His songs, in lyrical content and style, bring to mind the works of artists like Joe Purdy, Wilco, and the Avett Brothers. Although not currently associated with any label, Mr. D'Amato has gained indie acclaim in the past two years with his most recent album releases, "Shades of the Prison House" (2009) and "Down Wires", which debuted in October 2010. In 2009, The New York Post included one of D'Amato's songs from "Shades of..." on their year-end "Best of" list and since then he has been increasingly featured in print and online sources including The New York Times, Paste Ma...