IMELDA MAY’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM LIFE, LOVE, FLESH, BLOOD OUT TODAY ON DECCA RECORDS

PRODUCED BY T BONE BURNETT

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR INCLUDES DATES WITH ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS

Critically acclaimed Irish singer Imelda May’s fifth full-length record, Life, Love, Flesh, Blood, is out today on Decca Records. The T Bone Burnett-produced album, May’s first new music in three years, is receiving early rave reviews in both the U.S. and Europe. May will celebrate the new release with headlining North American tour dates this summer. She is also performing select dates with Elvis Costello & The Imposters in June, see below for the complete routing.

Rolling Stone Country recently premiered the Women’s March-themed video for the track “Should’ve Been You,” hailing it as “empowering.” May performed the song on BBC’s “The One Show” as well as RTE’s “The Late Late Show” in Ireland. She will perform the track on “The Graham Norton Show” later this month.

May also performed the album track “Black Tears” on “Jools Holland’s Annual Hootenanny” on New Year’s Eve. Her performance was the most-watched segment of the evening with 400,000+ YouTube views to date, plus it is the second most viewed video on the BBC Music YouTube Channel since October.

WHAT IMELDA MAY’S NOTABLE FANS SAY

“Imelda May, I like her.” —Bob Dylan

“There’s an ache in her voice now that has me with a glass at my ear to the wall of her world where trouble has entered the room. There’s an erotic power here that’s not just feminine power. She makes truth telling an invitation to intimacy.” —Bono

“I’ve never met anyone quite like Imelda May. She is full of life…I [am] inspired by her honesty and her generosity, and I continue to be intrigued.” —T Bone Burnett


CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR IMELDA MAY’S LIFE, LOVE, FLESH, BLOOD

“Ms. May has a voice made for an earlier rock era—strong, assured and able to open up to belting and keep building from there…the [‘Should’ve Been You’] video turns an individual gripe—‘What I wanted was just too much’—into a modern statement of solidarity…the political lurks in the personal.” –The New York Times

“On her upcoming LP, the raw, soulful Life, Love, Flesh, Blood, produced by T Bone Burnett, May redefines herself as an artist with the same extraordinary results that followed k.d. lang when she transitioned from country torch and twang to the Grammy-winning, star-making Ingénue.” –Rolling Stone Country

“The versatile Irish singer conveys her emotional ups and downs by belting to the back row and, with equal ease, dropping down to a near whisper…there’s blood on these tracks, but also resilience and staying power. May’s music sound retro—and timeless, too.” –Associated Press

“[‘Call Me’ is a] sweet, spare lament.” –W Magazine

“[Life, Love, Flesh, Blood is] unapologetically open and unvarnished.” –Billboard

“The lyrics feel real…and May sings them superbly. Great albums tend to be growers, but this one grabs you at first acquaintance. The songs are built for live performance. 4 stars” –The Mail

“Imelda—having done things the honest, hard way—is an amazing role model.” –Daily Mail

“11 strong songs which ache, break and twang as craftily as they do sincerely. ★★★★” –Q Magazine

“…a powerful new direction.” –Mojo

“This is a triumphant rebirth. ★★★★” –Daily Mirror

“[Imelda May segues] into the muted, Laurel Canyon-lissome beauty of her new T Bone Burnett-produced metamorphosis, Life, Love, Flesh, Blood…she delivers a Patsy Cline-classy performance on carefully considered ballads.” –Magnet

“The song titles aren’t quite as suggestive as on past albums and the wild blonde streak in her trademark quiff is long gone, but Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May remains a true-blue crusader who’ll stand up for the things she loves.” –The Huffington Post

“On Life, Love, Flesh, Blood, May’s soul searching pays off. 5 out of 5” – BUST

“The songs on May’s boldly titled new album Life, Love, Flesh, Blood show her operating with a much greater degree of savvy and moxie…there’s no mistaking her passion.”
Paste

Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the new album marks a new direction for May who recently ended her marriage of eighteen years, making Life, Love, Flesh, Blood her most autobiographical record to date. The album features contributions from guitar hero Jeff Beck and piano maestro Jools Holland, as well as an accomplished group of backing musicians including the core trio of guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), drummer Jay Bellerose (Elton John & Leon Russell, Ray Lamontagne) and bassist Zach Dawes (The Last Shadow Puppets, Mini Mansions), the same band that recorded Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand.   

Her previous records have seen success both in the U.S. as well as in Europe. The Los Angeles Times commented on her previous work, “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.” May’s 2010 album Mayhem went Platinum in Ireland and Gold in the U.K., along with numerous TV performances on “Later…With Jools Holland,” “Conan,” and an impressive four performances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” to name a few.

For more information, please contact please contact Joe Cohen, Samantha Tillman, or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.

IMELDA MAY LIVE
* with Elvis Costello & The Imposters

June 20 /// Richmond, VA /// Richmond Raceway Complex*
June 21 /// Charlotte, NC /// Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amph.*
June 22 /// Vienna, VA /// Filene Center at Wolf Trap*
June 24 /// Boston, MA /// Paradise Rock Club
June 25 /// Philadelphia, PA /// Union Transfer
June 27 /// New York, NY /// Webster Hall
June 28 /// Toronto, ON /// Danforth Music Hall
June 30 /// Chicago, IL /// Park West