Ida Mae came into my life thanks to going to see Greta Van Fleet in concert. Ida Mae was the opening act and what an opening act they were! Before the show, I was over by the Merch table and saw that they were selling the vinyl. Without hearing the band, I took a chance and bought the vinyl. It turns out that was a very wise decision.
The album, called ‘Chasing Lights’, hadn’t even been officially released yet. I picked it up on May 15th and the album was set to be released tomorrow, June 7th. This was one of the very few times I have ever been able to review an album prior to its release. I had plenty of time to sit, absorb it and make a well-informed decision on the quality of this release.
Before I do that, let me tell you a little about Ida Mae. The duo are a husband and wife team named Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean. They hail from England, but currently reside in Nashville, TN (who doesn’t live there now if you are a musician). Now, you might recognize their name if you know the band Kill It Kid who were a British Blues band that dissolved after three albums.
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The opening act for Greta Van Fleet was a duo named Ida Mae. It is a husband and wife duo out of England who now reside in Nashville, Tennessee. At least they have for the last 10 months as they just moved to the States to seriously pursue this thing called music. The husband is Chris Turpin on guitar and vocals and his lovely wife Stephanie Jean also on vocals.
And they are all you got as the opening act. It was just Chris and Stephanie on stage for their 6 song set. And let me tell you that was all you need as they were beyond impressive. They did some covers and played some of their original songs for an album that will not be released until June 7th.
They were selling that album though at the Merch table and, of course, I picked it up on vinyl (review will come later as I need time to dive into it fully). I wanted to get them to sign it, but since they didn’t come out until after the show, I was unable to hang around and wait. My kids had to go to school the next morning and it was already 10:45 and we still had to drive 45 minutes home.
Anyway, about the music. The setlist was as follows:
- My Girl is A Heartbreak
- Me and My Chauffeur Blues (Memphis Minnie cover)
- What Did the Deep Sea Say (Woody Guthrie cover)
- Boom Boom Boom
- Feel Them Getting Closer
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