for the week of May 20th, 2014:
The new album by Canadian band, Petunia and The Vipers, is released on May 24th. Entitled, Inside of You, it features 12 tracks of Americana, rockabilly, and western swing music – which lead singer, Petunia, has been recording and releasing for nearly 15 years. Inside of You is the follow-up to the band's eponymous 2012 album.
Northern Irish troubadour, Mike Donaghy – who was the first interviewee on TIAMS – has announced plans to release a new studio album in the Fall. The current, but not confirmed, title is End Up Home. Mike is also going to release an album in June, called Walls For The Wind, which will be a collection of songs collated from his first couple of albums. And Mike is currently offering FREE downloads of three tracks from his back catalog via his website. This is the video he has released for the (possible) title track from the new album, End Up Home:
A couple of weeks ago a Dutch Americana/alt.country duo called The Common Linnets finished runner-ups in an annual television music competition known as The Eurovision Song Contest, televised around the world to an audience in excess of 100m people. The legendary show this year featured songs by artists from 37 different countries and was won by Austrian singer, Conchita Wurst. But The Common Linnets, with their song, Calm After The Storm, have achieved the greater commercial success since. The duo are Ilse DeLange and Waylon and were both successful solo artists before getting together to compete in the competition. They have already released their debut album which opens with the song they performed on the show. News of any American plans that they will undoubtedly have, will be posted here when they announce them. Their impressive, eponymous debut album is out now. This is the video for Calm After The Storm:
Billy Bragg has just released a DVD and CD of a gig from last year in London. Called Live At Union Chapel, Bragg's set-list featured several songs from his latest Americana album, Toot and Nail. A CD of the concert is included with the DVD, but the CD can be purchased separately, although as a reviewer on No Depression helpfully pointed out, the CD does not include any of Bragg's chat between the songs, nor the encores. The DVD includes the full-concert, the encores and additional “bonus material” - the details of which you can find on Bragg's website.
Tracks by several of the artists featured here will be on The International Americana Music Show in the coming weeks.