I did not know the first thing about Amy Winehouse until I read a post putting her accolades in their proper context on one of my new favorite blogs. I chalk that up to living way up here in the Pacific Northwest.
I will never understand how a place (Seattle) that gave us Quincy Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Nirvana, among others, continues to be seen as the hinterlands of contemporary music. Listening to KUBE 93 pains me and reminds me why I never listen to the radio. Mercer Island High School (KMIH 104.5) does have some decent urban programming (listen) which I discovered when I was driving the rental.
Back to Ms. Winehouse. I didn’t know. No one told me. I am enamored with her voice and musical styling. Sure the woman is out of her gourd but she can sing. While not new by any stretch, “Back to Black” is a gem for its creativity and energy.
With Corinne Bailey Rae, Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone, the British invasion of musically talented female vocalists is real. I don’t know what they have been feeding their children across the pond but Beyonce & Britney better watch out.