The Mastersons - "This Holiday's No Holiday (Without You)" (audio) (premiere)

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Wit, melancholy, and romance highlight this sweet seasonal track by the Americana duo.

Husband and wife Americana duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore have recorded a special holiday song in the form of the sweetly melancholy "This Holiday's No Holiday (Without You)". Compared to the usual saccharine fare we're bombarded with this time of year, the Mastersons have lent some welcome substance to the season, which as we all know will get even crazier as the next four or five weeks roll by.

"We’ve been meaning to write a holiday song for a while," they say. "It’s hard to get into the spirit during the hot summer months in Texas but in mid-July, we came up with this somewhat melancholy holiday tune in typical Mastersons fashion. Because of our busy schedule opening for Steve Earle and touring his latest album Terraplane, we had to find a day off on the road, which happened to be in Portland, Oregon. We recorded the song with members of the Decemberists and Black Prairie with Chris Funk producing."

The track is available now on iTunes.

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