Australian singer – and broadcaster - Emma Swift releases her debut EP this week. After spending a good deal of time in Nashville over the past couple of years, the eponymous record features six tracks recorded with an impressive group of session musicians who have worked with artists including Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, John Hiatt, and Patty Griffin. Emma's record has been produced by a fellow Australian, renowned guitarist and singer, Annie McCue – and is being released on Laughing Outlaw Records on August 1st. You can listen to the opening track, Bittersweet, here.
Ben Glover, from Northern Ireland, has announced the release date of his new album. To be called, Atlantic, it will be released in early September and Ben recorded all the tracks in a house in Ballygiffin, Ireland, where he used to holiday with his family when he was growing up. Atlantic features a couple of songs he co-wrote with Mary Gauthier - and Ben will be touring with Mary later in the year – with whom he also co-wrote a couple of songs which appear on her latest album, Trouble And Love. Atlantic also features a duet Ben has recorded with Gretchen Peters. Details of the new record can be found on Ben's website, and there you will also find a couple of tracks available to download for free.
Mary Gauthier and Ben Glover
Ethan Johns, from England, has announced the details of a three week US tour in September, to support his celebrated new album, The Reckoning (which was produced by Ryan Adams). Ethan will be performing in Nashville, at the Americana Music Festival, before heading to Atlanta, GA and on up the east coast for gigs in NC, VA, PA, NJ, NY and MA. You can find all the details on Ethan's website. The Reckoning will be officially released in America on August 12th. Also, at the beginning of June, TIAMS reported that during a recent tour in England, Ethan had had several guitars, and some other musical equipment, stolen. Last week, he was able to report that due to some diligent work by fans and the police, all the gear had been traced and returned.
This is a video of a track which appears on The Reckoning:
English roots band, Danny and The Champions Of The World, will be releasing a new live album in September. Live Champs is a recording of a sold-out show held at the Jazz Cafe in London earlier this year and features 13 tracks capturing the band's ferocious energy – a characteristic that can be seen in Nashville, in September, when the band fly in to perform at this year's Americana Music Festival. They will be performing a couple of times in Nashville – including, on September 19th, at Jack White's Third Man Records. This is a video of a live performance, posted by the Bob Harris's Whispering Bob TV, of one of the songs that appears on Live Champs - Darlin' Won't You Come In From The Cold:
Another English band, Police Dog Hogan – have also announced both a new album and a forthcoming gig at this year's Americana Music Festival in Nashville. The band, a seven piece from London, have released two albums to date and their third, called Westward Ho, is being released on the influential Union Music Label on October 6th. It is a follow-up to Land Of Miracles which the band released in 2012 (and which is available from Union Music). Like Danny and The Champions Of The World, they will have the opportunity to perform a couple of times in Nashville, including at a daytime BBQ outside the Groove Record store in East Nashville, being hosted by the Americana Music Association UK and British Underground, a UK venture which supports artists at showcases abroad (check the band's website or Facebook page for further details). This is a video of a song, Thunderheads, from Police Dog Hogan's new album, filmed recently at the Union Music Store in Lewes, England:
Tracks by some of the artists featured on this page will be on The International Americana Music Show in the coming weeks.