A couple of Canadian bands have released new videos in the last few days.
The Once, a three piece band from Newfoundland, have released a road-trip video for their song, We Are All Running – which comes from their latest album, Departures. The band have been on a US tour with English singer-songwriter, Passenger, for the last few months and the video includes footage from their tour bus, of them on and off-stage, and of some of the cities they have visited on their cross-country adventure. Here it is:
...And roots band, Shred Kelly, from British Columbia, released the video for the first song from their forthcoming album yesterday (Monday, December 8th). The new song, Family, Oh Family, comes from the band's new album, Sing To The Night, which will be coming out at the end of January. It will be the band's third record and the follow up to their 2012 album, In The Hills. This is the video for Family, Oh, Family:
In less than a week, award-winning Canadian musician Lynn Miles has managed to successfully crowd-fund a new live DVD she is planning to release in May next year. Her goal was to raise $5000CAD to pay for the filming of a special concert in Ottawa later this month which will see Lynn performing 13 songs that she has written focusing on the themes of winter, snow, and secular Christmas. She will be accompanied by Keith Glass on guitar and singer Rebecca Campbell on harmony vocals. While Lynn has already reached her goal, you can still contribute to the campaign and in return for a pledge of $30CAD, you will receive a copy of the DVD when it's released next year. You can find all the details about the campaign here. This is one of Lynn's songs about winter:
As it's nearly the end of 2014, Best Of lists have started appearing on blogs and websites the world over. With specific regard to Americana music, it's great to see international artists getting recognition for great records.
American Songwriter magazine has published two lists so far – The Top 50 Songs of 2014 and The Top 50 Albums of 2014. First Aid Kit, from Sweden, are number 32 in the Songs list, with the title track from the latest album, Stay Gold – which itself is number 10 in the Best Albums list.
Doug Paisley, from Canada takes the number 21 spot in the Top Songs list with Radio Girl – which features Garth Hudson from The Band on piano and the album it comes from, Strong Feelings, is number 41 in the Top Albums list.
In the global list from Chris Familton, who runs the popular Post To Wire Blog in New Zealand, two non-American acts feature in his top ten – Tiny Ruins, from New Zealand, and Dan Michaelson and The Coastguards from England. There are plenty of other non-Americans and non-antipodeans in his list – which you can peruse here.
Best Of 2014 lists from some other notable sites have not yet been finalized, or published – links to those will appear in subsequent weeks. The Best of 2014 edition of The International Americana Music Show is show #1445 - which will be available to stream via this website, or Mixcloud, from Tuesday, December 16th.
Below are videos by First Aid Kit and Doug Paisley.
Music by many of the artists on featured on this page can be heard on The International Americana Music Show.