Ginger St. James Spank, Sparkle & Growl Self-Release

A powerful torch singer with a burlesque background and a sound that touches on blues, rockabilly, country and jazz. All elements that came together in the 50s (and earlier) to create rock 'n' roll and what we now call roots music. This self produced ep of 6 tracks, 5 written by St. James gives the world a chance to listen to this Canadian performer's dynamic delivery. With her band The Grinders she lays out a soild beat behind their singers force of nature naughtiness. Boom Boom Room is a raunchy riot of upfront love and licentiousness. There's plenty of YouTube evidence of her live libido but here her recorded renditions stand up too. Her vaudevillian vantage point may be taken from a different era but sounds right up to date and one cannot escape the similarity in her approach to that of Imelda May's own. They draw from similar sources and attitudes but each has their own audience and, no doubt, developed with awareness of the other but both have a sense of direction and devotion to their chosen path that makes them equally rewarding. Spank, Sparkle & Growl is the first step that will hopefully see St. James develop and expand on her elemental essence and bring it to a wider audience.