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Lorina Gore- A Toast to Melba

Before ‘La Stupenda’ came ‘The Voice’! Dame Nellie Melba was Australia’s first singing sensation, and one of the most famous Australians of her day; idolised in the theatre, mobbed on the street and known by name in even the most remote corners of the country. 

Soprano Lorina Gore and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra salute Dame Nellie Melba, Australia’s first singing sensation.

Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1861, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to receive major international recognition, following her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887. That first appearance (as Gilda in Rigoletto) was described by a famous German critic as "an instant triumph of the most emphatic kind”, and quickly led to debuts at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

One of the undoubted stars of the ‘Golden Age of Opera’ in the mid-to-late 19th century, Melba is also familiar to Australians through the dishes named after her – most famously the Peach Melba, but also Melba toast – and she also features on the Australian $100 banknote. 

Lorina Gore is a Helpmann Award nominated soprano and has been a principal artist with Opera Australia since 2008. Her most recent credits include Pip in the State Opera of South Australia production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger for Opera Australia, and her critically acclaimed performance as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. 

A Toast to Melba sees Lorina reunite with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja, their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, following the success of their collaboration on a disc of Johann Strauss: Waltzes and Arias, released on ABC Classics in 2016.

Track Listing:

1. GOUNOD Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette
2. VERDI Caro nome from Rigoletto
3. GOUNOD Ballet Music 1
4. GOUNOD Ballet Music 2 from Faust
5. GOUNOD Ah je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song) from Faust
6. MASSENET Obéissons quand leur voix appelle  from Manon
7. GOUNOD Heureux petit berger from Mireille
8. GOUNOD Ballet Music 3 
9. GOUNOD Ballet Music 4 from Faust
10. BIZET Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre from The Pearl Fishers
11. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Song of the Indian Guest from Sadko
12. THOMAS Je suis Titania from Mignon
13. GOUNOD Ballet Music 5
14. GOUNOD Ballet Music 6
15. GOUNOD Ballet Music 7 from Faust
16. DUPARC Chanson triste
17. MASSENET Sevillana from Don César de Bazan
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This album brings together two impressive Australian musical talents: composer Stuart Greenbaum and guitarist Ken Murray.Greenbaum is an award-winning composer whose ever-expanding body of work is heard around Australia and internationally. He has written operas, symphonies and concertos, but here he focuses on the intimate sound world of the solo guitar, with a series of evocative musical landscapes that take us from the bustle of suburban train stations to the loneliness of the endlessly open sea, from historical battlefields to the ‘Thin Blue Line’ of the album’s title track: Earth’s ozone layer as seen from space. Says Greenbaum: ‘My music aims to evoke an atmosphere apart from the routine of modern life. I believe in the need to allow space in a world increasingly filled with commercialism, light and noise pollution and 24/7 thinking.’Ken Murray is Head of Guitar at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, The University of Melbourne, with a career stretching back more than 20 years, combining performance, teaching, research and composition. He has worked extensively with Greenbaum and is a keen exponent of contemporary music, with over 100 premiere performances to his credit; he is also a champion of Spanish, Brazilian and South American guitar music. He has featured on CD recordings for Mode Records in the USA, the Austrian label Kairos, and in Australia on Move Records, and his CDs and concerts have been broadcast on ABC Classic FM. This is his first solo album for ABC Classics.  TRACKLISTING STUART GREENBAUM b.1966Sonata for Guitar1. I. resolute 2. II. mysterious 3. III. elated4 SynthesisFive Tales of Human Endeavour5. I. yellow canary 6. II. eleven months at sea 7. III. light, sweet crude 8. IV. into the forest 9. V. the thin blue line10. Rushall Express11. Polar Wandering12. Fairfield Days Ken Murray guitar
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William Crighton is a Singer-songwriter who is known for his powerful and mesmerising live performances and has firmly established himself as ‘one to watch’ in 2018. Hailing from country girded by the South West Slopes and Riverina regions of New South Wales, Crighton peopled the tracks of his celebrated self-titled 2016 debut with compelling, ineffably Australian figures of often-tragic resonance.  Crighton identifies powerful analogues of lived experience. It’s a gift that finds its truest expression  on his folk-rock second album, Empire.Produced by established collaborator and sought-after drummer Matt Sherrod (Crowded House, Beck) in close co-operation with Crighton himself, Empire finds the singer-songwriter bringing a cinematographer’s eye for detail to bear on his incomparably immersive lyrical style. Above all, Empire is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward.
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It’s hard to imagine, but Screamfeeder, the legendary noisy pop/indie rock band from Brisbane, have been making great records for 25 years now. Lovers of loud and beautiful music since the day they were each conceived, Screamfeeder have rightly been compared to all the greats; Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr, GBV and The Pixies. And so to 2018, and the announcement that Screamfeeder will, for the first time, collect all their singles - and shoulda-beens - together on one monumental release, simply titled Patterns Form. From the outset, you could hear the way the band that combined loud with beautiful, intense with joyous, chaotic with precise and pulled it all together in a way that very few acts ever manage. What’s apparent, listening to these songs in chronological sequence, is how the pop sensibility gradually unfurled itself and moved into the foreground, propelling Screamfeeder’s songs onto radios around Australia and the globe. Screamfeeder believe in writing good songs, and then performing them like their lives depend on it. There simply is nothing like them around today. Old school? Shit yeah, and proud of it.  Track Listing1. Tower2. Pepper3. Fingers & Toes4. Wrote You Off5. Button6. Fill Yourself With Music7. Lost In The Snow8. Who's Counting9. Sweet Little Oranges10. Static11. Dart12. Gravity13. Hi Cs14. Triple Hook15. Stopless16. Above The Dove17. Mr Tuba18. I Don't Know What To Do Any More19. Ice Patrol20. Bunny21. 1234522. Alone In A Crowd23. All Over It24. Karen Trust Me
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Gathered here are some of the most beautiful settings by contemporary composers of sacred texts celebrating the power of love. The tracklist draws on the rich traditions of Anglican choral music, especially the singing of Choral Evensong – an oasis of calm at the end of the day.The Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne lives this musical tradition, singing Evensong several times each week in the college chapel. The choir has toured several times to the UK, presenting the Daily Service on BBC Radio as well as singing concerts and Evensongs in the major cathedrals and collegiate chapels. Tours to the USA, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore have also met with critical acclaim. Its repertoire extends from Medieval plainchant and Renaissance anthems to the present day, regularly commissioning and premiering new works by Australian composers.This digital album, recorded in the warm and resonant acoustic of Melbourne’s Trinity College Chapel, presents the Choir at its finest. TRACKLISTINGUbi Caritas1 TRADITIONAL Ubi Caritas (Plainchant)2 DAVID BRIGGS Ubi caritas et amor3 JOHN BARNARD In the Heart Where Love Is Abiding4 PETER NARDONE I Give You a New CommandmentA Prayer of St Richard of Chichester5 LEN WHITE A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester6 JONATHAN WILLCOCKS O Holy Jesus7 BOB CHILCOTT A Thanksgiving8 MALCOLM ARCHER A Prayer of St Richard of Chichester9 LOUIS HALSEY A Prayer of St Richard of ChichesterMost Glorious Lord of Life10 WILLIAM HARRIS Most Glorious Lord of Life11 BOB CHILCOTT Most Glorious Lord of Life12 JOHN RUTTER Most Glorious Lord of LifeAnthem for the Feast of Any Healer13 MICHAEL LEIGHTON JONES Anthem for the Feast     of Any HealerBlessings14 CHRISTOPHER WILLCOCK Peace at the Last15 DAVID BRIGGS O Lord, Support Us16 MICHAEL LEIGHTON JONES Irish Blessing Choir of Trinity College, MelbournewithJohn O’Donnell & Hugh Fullarton organJonathan Bradley pianoMichael Leighton Jones director
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The music of Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum offers a breathing space amidst the relentless pressure of the modern world. Grounded in the Western art music tradition but also reaching out to the sound worlds of jazz, pop and mimimalism, it aims to evoke a sense of wonderment, taking the listener beyond the imperatives of everyday living.“I often conceive of music in terms of journeys. And this often involves viewing our home planet Earth from a distance and considering our place in the universe.”This digital album presents three works from a projected cycle of some 20 sonatas, one for each of the main instruments of the orchestra. Some, like the Sonata for Trombone and Piano and the Sonata for Guitar, are ‘pure’ music, but all are inspired by a sense of connection with, and concern for, the planet Earth, our Solar System and the Universe. Taking scientific discovery as a starting point, the works imagine journeys in time and space: in the case of the Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, a journey to Mars.Performing these sonatas are the musicians of Ensemble Three, the award-winning Melbourne-based trio lauded as “an inspiring example of forward-thinking classical music culture in Australia”. TRACKLISTINGSTUART GREENBAUM b.1966Sonata for Trombone and PianoI. travelling, freely II. floating III. energisedSonata for GuitarI. resolute II. mysterious III. elatedSonata for Trumpet and PianoI. journey to Mars: 6 to 8 months interlude: the surfaceII. return journeyEnsemble Three Don Immel tromboneKen Murray guitarJoel Brennan trumpetwith Konrad Olszewski piano
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Before ‘La Stupenda’ came ‘The Voice’! Dame Nellie Melba was Australia’s first singing sensation, and one of the most famous Australians of her day; idolised in the theatre, mobbed on the street and known by name in even the most remote corners of the country. Soprano Lorina Gore and the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra salute Dame Nellie Melba, Australia’s first singing sensation.Born in Richmond, Victoria, in 1861, Melba was the first Australian classical musician to receive major international recognition, following her operatic debut in Brussels in 1887. That first appearance (as Gilda in Rigoletto) was described by a famous German critic as "an instant triumph of the most emphatic kind”, and quickly led to debuts at Covent Garden, the Paris Opera and at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.One of the undoubted stars of the ‘Golden Age of Opera’ in the mid-to-late 19th century, Melba is also familiar to Australians through the dishes named after her – most famously the Peach Melba, but also Melba toast – and she also features on the Australian $100 banknote. Lorina Gore is a Helpmann Award nominated soprano and has been a principal artist with Opera Australia since 2008. Her most recent credits include Pip in the State Opera of South Australia production of Jake Heggie’s Moby-Dick, Roxana in Szymanowski’s King Roger for Opera Australia, and her critically acclaimed performance as Ophelia in Brett Dean’s Hamlet at the 2018 Adelaide Festival. A Toast to Melba sees Lorina reunite with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Marko Letonja, their Chief Conductor and Artistic Director, following the success of their collaboration on a disc of Johann Strauss: Waltzes and Arias, released on ABC Classics in 2016.Track Listing:1. GOUNOD Je veux vivre from Roméo et Juliette2. VERDI Caro nome from Rigoletto3. GOUNOD Ballet Music 14. GOUNOD Ballet Music 2 from Faust5. GOUNOD Ah je ris de me voir si belle (Jewel Song) from Faust6. MASSENET Obéissons quand leur voix appelle  from Manon7. GOUNOD Heureux petit berger from Mireille8. GOUNOD Ballet Music 3 9. GOUNOD Ballet Music 4 from Faust10. BIZET Comme autrefois dans la nuit sombre from The Pearl Fishers11. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Song of the Indian Guest from Sadko12. THOMAS Je suis Titania from Mignon13. GOUNOD Ballet Music 514. GOUNOD Ballet Music 615. GOUNOD Ballet Music 7 from Faust16. DUPARC Chanson triste17. MASSENET Sevillana from Don César de Bazan
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Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Australia’s favourite baritone, returns with his first solo album in four years. I’ll Walk Beside You features music of journeys, physical, emotional and spiritual: from one land to another, life to death, wakefulness to sleep, love to loss, and despair to hope. Songs from all over the world – from Australia, Scotland, Germany and America, as well as two Maori songs from Rhodes’ homeland – find a home alongside each other in gorgeous arrangements by the Southern Cross Soloists, one of Australia’s most formidable chamber music ensembles.‘Music transcends all cultures, and I think it’s great that we can enjoy music from every culture,’ says Rhodes. ‘I sing opera that’s written in Italy, or France, or Germany, and then we have people from other cultures singing our English language. It’s a wonderful thing that music brings a lot of people together.’Featuring favourites like ‘Shenandoah’, ‘Loch Lomond’, ‘Going Home’ and ‘She Was Beautiful’ (the Cavatina from The Deer Hunter), I’ll Walk Beside You is a heartfelt and beautiful album from one of Australia’s best-loved voices.Track Listing:1. TRAD Raglan Road2. MYERS She Was Beautiful (Cavatina, from The Deer Hunter)3. ANON Hoea rā4. TRAD Botany Bay5. MURRAY I'll Walk Beside You6. JAMES Comrades of Mine from Six Australian Bush Songs7. WOOD Roses of Picardy8. TCHAIKOVSKY None but the Lonely Heart9. TRAD Deep River10. TRAD Klezmer Dances [Instrumental]11. DVOŘÁK Goin' Home12. TRAD Eriskay Love Lilt13. ANON Still, Still, Still 14. LOWRY Shall We Gather by the River15. SCHUBERT Du bist die Ruh'16. TRAD Pō atarau17. TRAD Shenandoah18. TRAD Loch Lomond
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Come, little children, I’ll take thee away, into my garden of shadows…From Shakespeare to Disney, we have always been fascinated with Witches. Their magic and mystique has been the inspiration for fairy tales, books, movies and music.This album brings together four of Australia’s most acclaimed leading ladies, united by their iconic portrayals of the most famous pair of witches in musical theatre, Glinda and Elphaba, from Stephen Schwartz’s Wicked. Helen Dallimore opened the original West End production as the good witch Glinda. Lucy Durack then portrayed Glinda in the original Australian production, opposite Amanda Harrison and then Jemma Rix as the green-skinned ‘wicked’ witch Elphaba.Inspired by a concert that premiered in July 2016 at the Sydney Opera House, Witches features these four great singers singing witchy songs from Wicked, Into the Woods, and The Witches of Eastwick as well as magical favourites from Frozen, The Wizard of Oz, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and more. The album also contains the world premiere recording of Matthew Lee Robinson’s ‘Princess’, written for Lucy Durack.Featuring world premiere arrangements by award-winning musical director Kellie Dickerson, Witches will cast a spell on you right from the first listen. Track Listing:1. Garden of Magic2. Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory3. Let It Go from Frozen4. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered5. I Put a Spell on You6. Make Him Mine from The Witches of Eastwick7. Love is an Open Door from Frozen8. Princess from Sing On Through Tomorrow9. Children Will Listen from Sondheim on Sondheim / Into the Woods10. With You from Ghost11. Last Midnight from Into the Woods12. Popular 13. For Good 14. Defying Gravity from Wicked 15. Somewhere Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz
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“Lush, beautiful music played with clarity, honesty and soulfulness.”ABC Jazz is proud to announce the digital release of the Nat Bartsch Trio’s acclaimed 2010 debut album. Recorded for ABC Jazztrack, the tracks inhabit a sound world shaped by such diverse influences as Debussy, Radiohead, Sigur Ros and the improvised music of Scandinavia.“Taste and subtlety are paramount throughout...There is an ever-present sense that every gesture is purposeful.[This] is a wonderful contribution to Australia’s contemporary music. Hear Nat Bartsch whenever you can.”– The Music TrustThe Nat Bartsch Trio first came together in 2006, while the three young musicians were studing improvisation together at the Victorian College of the Arts, and quickly made an impression on the national and international scene, with appearances at the Stonnington Jazz Festival, Walsh Bay Jazz Festival, Brisbane Jazz Festival, Valley Jazz Festival and the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, and tours to Japan and Europe.“We deserve to hear creative young Victorians like these, who in their youth are already capable of producing music of transcendent beauty.”– Steve Robertson,Portland Observer
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For over 20 years, the ‘Swoon’ segment on ABC Classic FM’s Breakfast show has been a beloved oasis of calm and beauty, a chance to shut out the noise and busyness of everyday life, and drink in the loveliness of pure music. The first CD compilation cemented Swoon’s place in the hearts of the Australian public all those years ago, and it has remained the nation’s most popular classical brand ever since.This double album presents some of Australia’s finest cellists playing over two hours of cello music to make you swoon, from the Baroque elegance of Bach’s cello suites and sweeping Classical concertos by Haydn, Dvořák and Elgar to modern minimalist masterpieces by Arvo Pärt and Ludovico Einaudi.  Featuring soloists including Sally Maer, Li-Wei Qin, Catherine Jones and Umberto Clerici, and ensembles including the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Australian Haydn Ensemble and the Tasmanian, Melbourne and Adelaide Symphony Orchestras.Track Listing:CD 1:1. PUCCINI O mio babbino caro2. FIORENZA Cello Concerto in F major: III. Largo3. TOURNIER Promenade à l’automne4. ZIPOLI Adagio5. BACH Cello Suite No. 2: IV. Sarabande6. DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor: 7. II. Adagio ma non troppo8. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation No. 3 9. TCHAIKOVSKY Variations on a Rococo Theme: Variation No. 6 10. CASALS Song of the Birds11. HORNER A Gift of a Thistle from Braveheart12. TRADITIONAL O Waly Waly13. HAYDN Cello Concerto in C major: II. Adagio14. VIVALDI Concerto for Violin and Cello in G major: II. Andante15. BOISMORTIER Sonata for Cello and Cello Continuo in D minor: I. Andante 16. TRADITIONAL Unst Bridal MarchCD 2:1. HANDEL Lascia ch’io pianga2. BIZET Pearl Fishers Duet3. BACH Cello Suite No. 1: I. Prelude4. ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: 5. I. Adagio – Moderato6. PÄRT Spiegel im Spiegel7. DVOŘÁK Lasst mich allein8. TRADITIONAL Wild Mountain Thyme9. ELGAR Cello Concerto in E minor: III. Adagio10. EINAUDI I giorni11. TRADITIONAL Danny Boy12. VIVALDI Cello Concerto in A minor: II. Largo13. FIORENZA Cello Concerto in D major: III. Largo14. BOISMORTIER Sonata for Cello and Cello Continuo in D minor: III. Sarabanda15. FARRELLY Isle of Innisfree16. BACH Sinfonia (Arioso) from Cantata BWV156
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Discover two centuries of brilliant and bold American classical music – music with the majesty to define a nation, the brilliance to change the way we see the world, and the energy to embrace the variety and vastness of the land from which it springs.This collection showcases the most popular masterworks and hidden treasures from a broad, rich and exciting musical heritage. Released to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great composer, conductor and educator Leonard Bernstein, this box set accompanies ABC Classic FM’s focus on American music over the 2018 Easter weekend. Disc 1:                                                       1 COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man2-9 COPLAND Eight Songs of Emily Dickinson10 COPLAND Rodeo: Corral Nocturne 11 TRAD arr. COPLAND Simple Gifts 12 TRAD arr. COPLAND I Bought Me a Cat13 TRAD arr. COPLAND Long Time Ago 14 TRAD arr. COPLAND At the River 15 TRAD arr. COPLAND Ching-A-Ring Chaw16 COPLAND The Cat and the Mouse 17-24 COPLAND Appalachian Spring  Disc 2:                                                      1 BARBER Adagio for Strings 2-4 BARBER Violin Concerto 5 BARBER Hermit Songs: St Ita’s Vision6 BARBER Sure on this Shining Night 7 BARBER Dover Beach 8 BARBER Knoxville: Summer of 19159 BARBER Agnus Dei  Disc 3:                                                       1-3 IVES Three Places in New England 4 IVES Down East 5 IVES Serenity 6 IVES The Unanswered Question 7 CRUMB Sonata for Solo Cello: Toccata8 CARTER A Fantasy about Purcell’s ‘Fantasia upon One Note’9 CARTER Scrivo in vento 10 CORIGLIANO Violin Sonata: Andantino11 VARÈSE Amériques  Disc 4:                                                     1 BERNSTEIN Candide: Overture 2 BERNSTEIN Candide: Glitter and Be Gay3 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Somewhere4-6 GERSHWIN Three Preludes 7 GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue 8 GERSHWIN An American in Paris9 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Jazzbo Brown Blues10 GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess: Summertime11 BERNSTEIN West Side Story: Tonight Disc 5:                                                      1-4 CAGE Amores 5 CAGE In a Landscape 6 CAGE 4’33”: First movement 7 REICH Clapping Music 8-10 REICH Different Trains 11 YOUNG Composition 1960 #7 12 CAGE c Ȼomposed Improvisation 13 ADAMS Short Ride in a Fast Machine  Disc 6:                                                       1 GLASS Opening 2 GLASS Metamorphosis No. 4 3 GLASS Mad Rush 4 GLASS Wichita Vortex Sutra 5-10 GLASS Etudes for Solo Piano: Selections Disc 7:                                                      1 SOUSA The Washington Post 2 ANDERSON The Typewriter 3 ANDERSON The Waltzing Cat 4 SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever 5 ANDERSON Sleigh Ride 6 ANDERSON Chicken Reel 7 SOUSA Liberty Bell March 8 NANCARROW Study for Player Piano No. 69-14 WILDER Effie the Elephant 15 MACDOWELL Forest Idylls: Daydreams16 HOVHANESS Mystic Flute17 MENOTTI Toccata on a Theme from ‘The Old Maid and the Thief’18 GOTTSCHALK Souvenir de Porto Rico19 MORTON Frog-i-More Rag 20 BOLCOM Graceful Ghost 21 JOPLIN Maple Leaf Rag 22 MORTON Fingerbreaker 23 JOPLIN The Entertainer  Disc 8:                                                       1 WILLIAMS Star Wars: Main Theme 2 WILLIAMS E.T.: Theme 3-5 WILLIAMS Escapades 6 HERRMANN Psycho: The Murder 7-10 PISTON Clarinet Concerto 11 LAURIDSEN O magnum mysterium 12 WHITACRE Lux aurumque 13 GROFÉ Grand Canyon Suite: Sunrise14 WILLIAMS Superman: March 15 WILLIAMS Raiders of the Lost Ark: March
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Pioneering contemporary country music in Australia, The Wolfe Brothers have been making a big name for themselves over the past few years. This will be their 4th studio album The band have been touring with Lee Kernaghan for year’s now and have built themselves a legion of country fans. This will be their 4th studio album.