Monday, August 18, 2014

Imelda May: Fall US Dates Confirmed, Tribal out Sept 23 on Verve

“Ms. May has a rich, tangy voice and sultry presence”—The New York Times

“‘Refined rockabilly’ may seem like a contradiction in terms, but that’s what the dynamic Irish
singer and her five-piece band pull off.”—USA Today

“Riding an exuberant rockabilly groove, the Irish shouter delivers a message of hope.”
Mother Jones

“…an Irish singer whose music straddles the line
between rockabilly and blues.”—NPR “All Things Considered”
“Places her rich, pouty voice inside coils of
surf guitar and thumping stand-up bass…”—Rolling Stone

“Jamming rockabilly dance floor burner…the tip of this Irish import’s genre-bending chops.
You want blues? Jazz? Punk? Country? Put it all in a blender,
add a little Nina Simone for good measure.”—Esquire

“…the record really swings, on the slow stride of ‘Gypsy In Me,’ the shimmering echoic
‘Little Pixie’ and the revved up ‘Five Good Men’…”—Magnet

“Her upcoming album, Tribal, highlights her ability to blend a spunky rockabilly style with blue-eyed soul.”—Seattle Weekly

“…she growls through barnstormers on her fourth release Tribal”—San Francisco Examiner

After selling out much of her summer tour and playing at Outside Lands Festival, Imelda May will play a string of North American dates this fall, including her first appearance at Austin City LimitsVerve Records is set to release her third album Tribal on September 23.May is also launching her new television music program in September, “The Imelda May Show” on Ireland’s #1 rated television network RTE. The show will feature performances by legendary musicians as well as up-and-coming artists from around the world.
Of her live show, The Los Angeles Daily News says; “Music doesn’t get more alive than when the Irish singer is belting out a song on stage. So as infectious as numbers like ‘Wild Woman’ sound recorded, there is an electric feeling when done live.” The Edmonton Journal describes May’s performance at the Edmonton Folk Festival as, “Impromptu, spontaneous, sincere, it was one of those won’t-forget-it moments…the cheering and the grinning from the crowd.” See fall tour dates below.
Tribal debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UKThe Guardian gave the album four stars, saying “This album is no time capsule; it’s fresh and embracing…” while The Times praises May’s “raw, impassioned vocals.” Tribal remains on the top ten album charts in Ireland, where it has been since its debut. This record marks the first release from May since 2010’s Mayhem, of which The Los Angeles Timescommented, “Ireland-born Imelda May’s career is fostered by paying homage to legends like Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash and, more importantly, furthering rockabilly’s cross-pollination into New Orleans jazz, delta blues and amp-splitting punk aggression.”
Although May became a mother just last summer, “There are no lullabies on this album,” she assures. May took about three months to write the songs for Tribal—she co-wrote “Little Pixie” with her brother Fintan Clabby, and collaborated with her husband Darrel Higham on both “Ghost of Love” and “Five Good Men.” The band recorded the album at Livingston Studios in West London where May co-produced the album with producer Mike Crossey. Of Tribal, May says, “I wanted to inject the rebelliousness of punk and early rock ‘n’ roll into this album.”
May’s own brand of rockabilly sound has been a hit, with her previous release Mayhem hitting Platinum in Ireland and Gold in the U.K. May has seen performances on “Later With Jools Holland,” “Conan,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and four performances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” to name a few. Performing a fusion of surf guitars, blues and rockabilly, her current lineup consists of husband Darrel Higham on guitars, Al Gare on double-bass, Dave Priseman on trumpet and Steve Rushton on drums. The band has shared stages with Bono, Chuck Berry, David Gilmore, Shane Macgowan, Van Morrison, Jeff Beck, Wanda Jackson, Paul Brady, Jamie Cullum, and Meatloaf. 
September 27                                             Providence, RI                                                        Lupos
September 28                                            Huntington, NY                                                Paramount
September 29                                             New York, NY                                                Irving Plaza
September 30                                           Philadelphia, PA                                         Union Transfer
October 2                                                 Wilmington, NC                                   Ziggy’s by the Sea
October 3                                                     Atlanta, GA                                                       The Loft
October 4                                                 New Orleans, LA                                        House of Blues
Ocober 5                                                       Austin, TX                                                 ACL Festival
October 7                                                   Las Vegas, NV                               Brooklyn Bowl Vegas
October 8                                                Santa Barbara, CA                                       Lobero Theater
October 9                                                San Francisco, CA                                                  Fillmore
October 11                                                    Austin, TX                                                           Parish
October 12                                                    Austin, TX                                                 ACL Festival  
1. Tribal
2. Wild Woman
3. It’s Good To Be Alive
4. Gypsy In Me
5. Little Pixie
6. Hellfire Club
7. Five Good Men
8. Ghost Of Love
9. Wicked Way
10. Round The Bend
11. I Wanna Dance
12. Right Amount Of Wrong
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