A relatively quiet week with regard to international Americana news...but there was some...
English band, The Rails, have announced a quick, three-date US tour. The band are duo comprising of husband and wife, James Walbourne and Kami Thompson – who is the daughter of English singer-songwriters, Richard and Linda Thompson. The pair will be be performing in New York (Manhattan and Brooklyn) and Philadelphia in early February. You can find the specific dates and details here. The duo released their debut album, Fair Warning, last year – and the opening track, Bonnie Portmore, is available as a free download from their website (www.therailsofficial.com). This is the video for it:
Stephanie Manns, a Glasgow-based singer who was born in Bahrain, is set to release her new album next month. It's called Fool Like Me, and it's the follow up to her debut album, Come Closer. Stephanie will be releasing the first single from Fool Like Me on January 19th – but it is currently available to stream via Soundcloud. You can hear it by clicking on the link below:
English band, Vix & Her MsChiefs have a crowd-funding campaign up and running to help them raise money to record their sophomore record later this year. The band are an all female, four-piece outfit who are based in Birmingham, England. Vix (real name - Vickie Perks) was formerly with another all-female troupe, Fuzzbox, who had UK top twenty hits with songs including International Rescue and Pink Sunshine, in the late '80's. Vix's new band are a more Americana-focused group and they released a debut EP, Live At Magic Garden, last year. You can find the details of the crowd-funding campaign for their new record here. This is video of Vix & Her MsChiefs performing both Janis Joplin's Mercedez Benz and the American classic, Keep On The Sunny Side:
New Zealand singer, Marlon Williams, has released the second single from his new, debut, solo album, due later this year. The single is called Dark Child and it was produced, in New Zealand, by Ben Edwards – who also produced Tami Neilson's album, Dynamite. The first single was Strange Things, which you can stream here. You can listen to Dark Child via the link below:
Music by many of the artists featured on this page can be heard on The International Americana Music Show.