I was lucky enough to catch Irish singer Imelda May's first stateside show a couple weeks ago in Brooklyn, NY (you might have seen her performance on the Grammys). With femme fatal rockabilly looks -- check out her impeccable quiff -- May's music is influenced by 1950s rock legends like Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, while her soulful, crystal clear voice draws comparisons to great female vocalists like Billie Holiday and Patsy Cline.
Her album Love Tattoo is available in the states, and even if you're not familiar with her style of music, I challenge anyone not to fall in love with these songs. There are no bells and whistles, vocoders, blips or bloops, which is the beauty of her sound -- it's just pure. Whether it's a gritty tune like "Johnny's Got A Boom Boom" or a sultry love song like "Big Bad Handsome Man," once you hear her voice, you'll never be able to forget it.
Now check out a live performance of "Johnny's Got A Boom Boom" and "Falling In Love With You Again." (Oh, and that big tambourine, drum-like thing she's playing? It's called a bodhrán.)
Imelda May is on tour now, so see if she's coming to a town near you!