Sam Amidon will release a new EP, titled Fatal Flower Garden, on November 15 via Nonesuch. It's his tribute to Harry Smith and the Anthology of American Folk Music. "Harry Smith believed in the secret connections and mysteries that existed in culture," says Amidon, "whether it was the feeling of Thelonious Monk’s rhythmic phrasing; the patterns in string games and Ukrainian egg painting designs; the wild fiddle tunes; or the epic folk ballads." The EP was produced by Leo Abrahams, with Sam and Shahzad Ismaily playing all of the instruments. You can check out his rendition of Mississippi John Hurt's John Henry tale, "Spike Driver Blues," now. The music video features drawings by Sam which were animated by Robert Edridge-Waks, and that's below.

You can catch Sam on tour this fall, first in the UK and Ireland and then in North America. A couple of those shows, NYC (Le Poisson Rouge on 12/3) and Providence, are with Xylouris White. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of, Xylouris White will release their new album, The Sisypheans, on November 8 via Drag City and they've just shared a new track, "Black Sea," which you can listen to below. They've got more dates in addition to the two shows with Sam Amidon, including Netherlands festival Le Guess Who?, and those dates are listed below.

Sam Amidon - 2019 Tour Dates
Sun, Oct 6 - 8:00 PM - National Concert Hall - Dublin - Ireland
Sat, Nov 2 - 12:00 PM - St Mary's Music Hall - London - United Kingdom - Walthamstow Folk Festival
Wed, Nov 6 - 7:30 PM - Gullivers - Manchester - United Kingdom
Thu, Nov 7 - 7:30 PM - Hyde Park Book Club - Leeds - United Kingdom
Fri, Nov 8 - 8:30 PM - The Black Gate - Galway - Ireland
Sat, Nov 9 - 7:30 PM - The Duncairn - Belfast - United Kingdom
Sun, Nov 10 - 8:00 PM - The Hope & Ruin - Brighton - United Kingdom
Sat, Nov 16 - 7:30 PM - Merlin Theatre - Sheffield - United Kingdom
Sun, Nov 17 - 7:45 PM - The Anvil - Basingstoke - United Kingdom
Fri, Nov 22 - 8:00 PM - The Folk House - Bristol - United Kingdom
Sat, Nov 23 - 7:30 PM - The Silk Mill - Frome - United Kingdom
Sat, Nov 30 - 7:00 PM - The Parlour Room - Northampton, MA - United States
Sun, Dec 1 - 8:00 PM - SPACE - Portland, ME - United States
Mon, Dec 2 - 7:00 PM - Passim's - Cambridge, MA - United States
Tue, Dec 3 - 8:00 PM - Le Poisson Rouge - New York, NY - United States - w/Xylouris White
Wed, Dec 4 - 8:00 PM - Columbus Theater - Providence, RI - United States - w/Xylouris White
Sat, Dec 7 - 8:30 PM - Boot & Saddle - Philadelphia, PA - United States
Sun, Dec 8 - 7:00 PM - Concerts in the Studio - Freehold, NJ - United States
Tue, Dec 10 - 7:00 PM - Songbyrd - Washington, DC - United States

Xylouris White - 2019 Tour Dates
Nov.7 - Parnassos Hall in Athens, Greece
Nov.9 - Le Guess Who? 2019 in Utrecht, Netherlands
Nov.13 - Summerhall in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nov.14 - The Blue Arrow in Glasgow, United Kingdom
Nov.16 - Mirth Marvel and Maud in London, United Kingdom (London Jazz Festival)
Dec.3 - Le Poisson Rouge, NYC w/ Sam Amidon
Dec.4 - The Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI w/ Sam Amidon