ACL Live Shot: Imelda May
Dublin rockabilly turns in a Kustom Kar set and owns the place
by Tim Stegall, The Austin Chronicle
All photography here by Nathan Edge
BP Fallon introduces Imelda May poetically at ACL, Texas
Graciously, church was in session inside the Zilker tent. A sermon preached by rock’n’roll consultant BP Fallon, ‘I Believe in Elvis Presley’ (“I believe in rockabilly and rock’n’roll”) improvised its climax: “I believe in Imelda May.” One force of nature thus made way for another.
With May’s crackerjack band setting a gravedigger groove, the Dublin-born rockabilly sensation slinked out in a form-fitting, black-striped dress, hair piled high. Her husband Darell Higham laid down fat, reverb-drenched Eddie Cochran figures from a big, orange, hollow-body guitar as the rhythm section crackled.
Meanwhile, May oozed sultry tones suggesting Wanda Jackson on a Billie Holiday bender…
Imelda & her ace band on stage at ACL, Texas
After the show… the lady who “owned ACL Fest” & some geezer