Released on August 5 and self-described as their “best work to date,” ‘Midnight Choir’ is the new album from the Award-winning Melbourne country duo, The Long and Short Of It, which blends traditional and contemporary country.
Leading its charge is single ‘Cowboy Lonesome’ that paints the picture of a lonely cowboy missing his partner in the wilderness and how that rural and outback isolation presents a whole new level of loneliness.
The single is the debut collaboration between the pair and Nashville-based producer, Kenny Royster, whom the pair met during a trip to Nashville in 2013 and is credited for his work with US Country superstar, Luke Combs.
The Long and Short Of It are David Baird and Patsy Toop OAM, who first met in 2007 and already have an impressive resume to boot that includes six album releases, two EPs, and have earnt themselves a slew of awards including a Tamworth Songwriters Award (2011), a Tasmanian Independent Country Music Award for Most Popular Duo (2016), three-time winner of an Indie Country Music Australia (ICMA) Award for Most Popular Independent Country Duo (2017, 2019 & 2021), a Southern Star Awards Award for Best Duo or Band (2016) and a two-time winner of a Gold Media Medallion Award for Best Duo Nationally (2015 & 2018) – to name a few.
The pair’s sumptuous harmonies have been described as "honey-coated chocolate". David and Patsy continue to uphold their commitment to penning songs that are relatable, inspirational and are storytelling. Since their first release in 2009, the pair have continued to grow musically with every release.
The duo’s 2013 release of ‘You Made Me Stronger’ earnt them a Songwriter, Composers and Lyricists Association (SCALA) Festival Of Original Music (FOOM) Award describing their title track as a "Brilliant Masterpiece" with four of the album’s tracks peaking at number one on Australia’s leading national country music airplay chart. The pair’s 2016 album ‘The Night Of Our Life’ jumped into ARIA Hot Hits chart at number 3 and remained in the charts for over 20 weeks, whilst also producing four number one independent radio airplay hits. Their ‘Limited Edition Requested Favourites’ album debuted at Number 5 on the ARIA Country Albums Chart.
The album is an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary country music. From ballads to beer-drinking songs- all are heartfelt renditions to inspire happy thoughts and good times.
On the live circuit, their captivating and engaging live shows have earned the adoration of fans and critics alike and have frequented country music festivals in Tamworth, Mildura, Canberra, Mt Gambier, Ballina, amongst others over the past decade.
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THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT (David Baird & Patsy Toop) would like to thank their fans, fellow musicians and family for their support.
We also wish to acknowledge the wonderful assistance from Ambition Music, AAA Entertainment, and Direct Image Studio (Nashville).