for the week of May 27th, 2014:
Canadian, Neil Young, releases his ultra lo-fi album, A Letter From Home, this week – not long after raising over $6m for his portable Pono music player which will deliver “studio quality” sound. Recorded in a refurbished, 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth, and produced by Young and Jack White (The White Stripes), the album features 11 covers of songs by artists including Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Scotsman, Bert Jansch – and, due to the recording technique, all also include lots of hiss and crackles as the tracks were recorded direct to vinyl.
Danish alt.country stars, and father and daughter duo, Bibbi & Snif have released a limited run of their new CD, 7 Songs To Go, which can be ordered via their Facebook page. It will receive a wider release later in the year. It includes three covers, including of Kris Krtistofferson's song, For The Good Times, and there is also a reworked, more uptempo version of Roadside Motel from their debut album A Postcard From The Road.
Ciaran Lavery, from Northern Ireland, releases his new album on June 19th. Called, Kosher, the new album is the follow up to his well-reviewed debut, Not Nearly Dark. The video for the first single from Kosher, is steadily racking up views on YouTube. It's called Left For America:
And Paul Brady, also from Northern Ireland has announced a month long US tour starting in October. Following a couple of dates in Canada, Paul will start his US dates with a gig at City Winery, in Chicago, before performing in nine other states including Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland, and concluding the run in Carrboro, North Carolina. All the details can be found on his website.
Tracks by several of the artists featured here will be on The International Americana Music Show in the coming weeks.