Tonight’s late double bill at The Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 features The Mastersons and Aaron Lee Tasjan. Both acts were once based in New York City and playing here quite a bit. But over the past few years both have moved away (Aaron to Nashville, The Mastersons to Austin). So take this great opportunity to see some great musicians who are missed around here.
Up first is Aaron Lee Tasjan. Aaron’s a great songwriter and guitar player. He’s been on the road lately, not only playing with The Mastersons but also with such guitar greats as Chuck Prophet and Steve Wynn. Aaron released Crooked River Burning, a new EP on the Rockwood Music Hall Recordings label, which promptly went to #1 on the iTunes Singles/EP chart.
Round out this show will be The Mastersons, a band formed around Chris Masterson and Eleanor Masterson (nee Whitmore), a married couple who have had separate careers but have been performing together. Chris was in Son Volt (version 2.0) and plays electric lead guitar; Eleanor plays acoustic guitar and fiddle and has performed with many folks including James Maddock and Kelly Willis and had a fine solo album. They’ve put together a band and written some new songs which range from rock to Americana. When not playing as The Mastersons, Chris and Eleanor play in Steve Earle‘s band.