Good Tidings From The West – A round-up of the latest international Americana

I haven’t done a post like this in a while so I thought I would get into it with some artists that I have discovered over the pass few months that are quickly inkling their way onto my current favourites playlist.



KaleoThese guys are a Icelandic outfit. They could be described as alt-country but in reality they are a rock outfit with a host of different influences. By the sounds of lead singer JJ Julius Son, you would never think they hail from the U.S. JJ along with drummer David Antonsson, bassist Daniel Kristjansson started playing together while teenagers. In 2012 guitarist Rubin Pollock  joined the band and the band have been making waves since. They released debut album A/B this year and have been touring extensively. You can feel the American influence on their recond, everything from The Black Keys to Ryan Adams and a lot in between. I have quickly become a big fan of theirs. I recommend you do too.


Find out more about Kaleo here.


The Coal Flowers

the coal flowers

The Coal Flowers recently got in touch with me via the radio show and I said I would give their music a spin. I was pleasantly surprised by what I heard. The band offer beautiful piano led soft americana melodies. You might not be surprised to learn that the vocalists in the band are siblings. Both Joel Heather Shepherd harmonies work beautifully together. The siblings are based  in the “Appalachian coalfields of Kentucky”, and have a sound that draws you in. Their self-titled debut album was released in November and this track is definitely a stand-out favourite.

Discover more about the Coal Flowers on their website.

Lydia Loveless

Lydia Loveless

Finally an artist that I have played on the radio show a few times but I dont think have featured on the blog before. Lydia Loveless broke on to the alt-country scene in 2011 with the release of her second album “Indestructible Machine”. Her music can move from chest pounding rock to some beautiful affecting ballads. She released her third album this year “Real” and its getting some positive reviews. An artist you should be aware of. I think “Bad Way to Go” best encapsulates what the Lydia Loveless sound is all about:

Learn more about Lydia Loveless here


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