The successfully crowd-funded, new, sophomore album by English roots band Rita Payne is released this week (July 9th). The band – who are duo Rhiannon Scott and Pete Sowerby – describe their music as “acoustic foot-stomping” and their new album is called We're Getting There Aren't We? They raised 106% of their target amount on Pledge Music earlier this year, following a successful debut album release at the start of 2013. This is one of their self-explanatory videos:
The New Zealand trio, Tiny Ruins, arrive in America this week to begin a month long trip across the States supporting their latest album, Brightly Painted One. The band were formed by singer, Hollie Fullbrook, in 2009, and their 2011 debut album, Some Were Meant For Sea, was one of the musical highlights of that year. You can find all the details on the band's website – and this is a performance of the opening track from the new album:
Another antipodean, Australian Liam Gerner, has just released a rather literal video for his popular single, Hank & Tammy, from his great album from earlier this year, Land of No Roads. The song – based on a true story – is about a couple of retiree drug runners who worked for the Mexican Cartel, running drugs over the border into America in their RV, until they got caught, following a traffic accident. This is Liam's video for the song:
Canadian Spencer Burton, who released the stunning single, Diamond, earlier this year (which is still available to download for free via Soundcloud) has announced the name and date of release of the forthcoming album on which it appears. The 11 track album will be called, Don’t Let The World See Your Love – and will be available from Sept 16th. Spencer has also released another song from the album, A Body Is All She Ever Let Me Hold, and it is available to stream here.
Respected and informative website, The Bluegrass Situation, is currently carrying a great Q&A with Canadian artist, Petunia, of Petunia and The Vipers, who released their latest album, Inside Of You earlier this year. There is also a link to a streaming version of Petunia's new album – which you can also find here.
Canadian roots musician, Gordie Tentrees, has announced a US tour starting in September. Over three weeks, Tentrees will be performing in four states (TX, AK, OK & MO) and playing tracks from his back catalog as well as from a forthcoming album due for release later this year. Gordie is calling the tour the Northcountry Southbound Tour and you can find all the details here. This is a video of one of his new, as yet unreleased songs:
Scotish indy roots band, Dumb Instrument, have had an unexpected hit with the new single off their latest album, The Silent Beard. The single, Suffering From Scottishness, has been championed by some media and fans in Scotland as a possible new national anthem for the celtic nation. You don't have to be an ex-pat or a Scotophile to appreciate (and understand) the lyrics... but it helps. This is the band's video for the single:
Tracks by some of the artists featured on this page will be on The International Americana Music Show in the coming weeks.