for the week of May 13th, 2014:
Husband and wife, Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson, release their latest album, Do Tell, this week. The duo may be new to many people in America, but they have an ever-growing fan base in Australia, where they are based. Hat Fitz is Australian, from Queensland, and his wife, Cara, is Irish – and Do Tell is their third album together. You can get a free, downloadable track via their website, and you can find our more about them and their music by watching this video:
Canada native, but Australia resident, Tracy McNeil, has announced the release date of her current band's latest album. Nobody Ever Leaves will be released on July 1st. Tracy began her music career down under performing with Aussie, Jordie Lane, as Fireside Bellows – and they released one critically-acclaimed album, before deciding to pursue solo careers. Her latest project, The Tracy McNeil Band, is a five piece outfit, which includes Luke Sinclair (who is also in Raised By Eagles and The Idle Hoes) on guitar.
And talking of Jordie Lane...he has quietly released in the US a live album of a memorable performance from his solo Australian acoustic tour last year. As well as some of his most well-known songs, Live At The Wheaty also features some great anecdotes and showcases Jordie's guitar-playing skills. He is currently lining up some US dates for later this year, including at a couple of summer festivals. More details when we get 'em.
British online roots magazine, Fatea, has released its latest free downloadable music sampler, Magnetism. Featuring 16 tracks by a wide range of British roots and Americana artists, including several who have been featured on TIAMS, you can download the songs, and find out more information about all the artists, here.
A quick crowd-funding update. Both Ballad of Crows and Luke Tuchscherer who featured on the news page here in previous months, reached their goals and their respective CD's will be out later this year. You can find out more about both on their Facebook pages: Ballad of Crows, Luke Tuchscherer.
And there are only a couple of days left to contribute to the crowd-funding campaign for the new album by English roots band, Rita Payne. The band – who are duo Rhiannon Scott and Pete Sowerby – were recently selected to be part of the Americana Music Association UK's line-up at one of that country's most prestigious roots festivals, Maverick. Their new album is called We're Getting There Aren't We and you can find out more details and contribute here. This was the opening track on their debut album from early last year, Stories From A Suitcase:
Tracks by several of the artists featured here will be on The International Americana Music Show in the coming weeks.