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Hi The Long and Short of It, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.
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, and two EPs. They 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 award-winning Melbourne country duo self-described their “best work to date,” Midnight Choir – their 2022 released album that debuted at #1 on the ARIA Country Music Albums Chart.
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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 and inspiring storytelling.
Since their first release in 2009, the pair have continued to grow musically with every release. They love to blend traditional and contemporary country.
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.
Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?
Released on May 12, 2023. “How Big Is It” is our first single release where Patsy takes the lead vocals and showcases her forceful vocal delivery with an upbeat tempo.
“I just love clever lyrics, and this song does not disappoint. I recorded this song awhile back and sat on it. It’s time to boldly release a highly energetic and fun song straight from the heart, says Patsy.”
What is your vision for this song? What lessons would you like to impart with your audience?
“How Big Is It?” has elements of acting on feelings, as music gives us the benefit of being able to convey certain messages that come from emotional ecstasy. Patsy adds, “I hope you enjoy unraveling the words of these lyrics with a smile on your dial.”
What is your favorite part of this body of work?
We love the message of the song! Written by Nashville-based songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Chip Martin, “How Big Is It?” portrays a fun and soon-to-be-fan favorite message of realizing what truly matters when it comes to being wrapped in all the love.
Anything else we should know about? Upcoming events?
The duo’s 2013 release of ‘You Made Me Stronger’ earned 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, while 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.
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