Other than the news that Brooklyn is currently covered in snow, there are some other stories of note to report this week that concern international Americana artists...
Irish duo, The Lost Brothers have announced a string of US dates for February this year. The two Irish musicians, Mark McCausland & Oisin Leech, who formed The Lost Brothers back in 2007, will be opening for Glen Hansard on 10 dates, in eight states, starting on February 2nd in Birmingham, AL, and concluding in Milwaukee, WI, on Valentine's Day. You can find specific details of all the dates, venues and ticket information, here. The latest album from The Lost Brothers, called New Songs Of Dawn And Dust, came out last year. This is video of them performing a track from it:
Australian singer, Ruby Boots, has released a streaming version of a song from her debut album, which will be coming out later this year. Ruby – real name, Bex Chilcott – released an eponymous EP in 2011, but this record, called Solitude, will be her debut album. She has co-written songs on the album with Vikki Thorn (from hugely popular Australian band, The Waifs). Solitude is due for release in April, but you can hear the first song that Ruby and Vikki wrote for the album below:
There are a couple of crowd-funding campaigns worthy of a mention this week...
Australian artist, Emily Barker, has launched a campaign on Pledge Music ahead of the release of her new solo, retrospective album, which she recorded last year in the famous Toerag Studios, in London, England. Pledgers can choose from a wide variety of rewards for pledging and pre-ordering the new record, including getting a signed CD, a version with a signed photobook, a Skype guitar lesson with Emily or even one of Emily's guitars. All the details of the campaign and the rewards can be found here – and this is a video of Emily performing an acoustic version of one of her songs - by the Cumberland River, in Nashville, TN:
Swedish singer, Sofia Talvik, has also started a campaign to help her release her new album, Big Sky Country. Sofia, who spent several years in America before returning to live in Sweden, will release her new album in April – but it can be pre-ordered via her Pledge Music page and, again, there are a wide variety of rewards on offer for pledging. You can get signed copies of the album, handwritten lyric sheets, an acoustic bootleg CD or have Sofia paint your portrait. All the details can be found here – and below is a streaming version of the title track from the new record.
Music by many of the artists featured on this page can be heard on The International Americana Music Show.