Chapel Hill, NC based Mandolin Orange released their latest album, Tides of a Teardrop, earlier today, celebrating with a sold out show in Durham, NC’s Durham Performing Arts Center. 

The new album includes ten original tracks, ranging from the duo’s signature melancholy ballads to the title track, a Stanley Brothers style hymn written for songwriter Andrew Marlin’s mother. Accompanying the album is a four song EP of traditional tunes

During the live performance, Marlin shared the inspiration and history for several of the new tracks, describing several songs as part of a process of dealing with difficult emotions and life experiences. 

Seasoned performers, the duo connected with the hometown crowd, who packed the 2,700-seat venue. After each song, the audience shared an uproar of applause. 

The Tides of a Teardrop tour will bring the band across the U.S. and Canada through April, to a three week European tour in May, and then back to the U.S. for festival dates into the fall, including a show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in September. See all your dates on the artist’s website.