I’m driving to work, listening to Garrison Keillor’s show when all of a sudden I’m hit square between the eyes by a real force of nature. A rowdy girl singing a rowdy song about refusing to behave, about being rowdy, uppity, determined to be herself — something about “identity theft” — I’m waiting to hear the name of this gal and then “Nellie McKay” (pronounced McEye).
I’m a sucker for that over the top, in-your-face, Ethel Merman meets Iggy Pop energy. Yes, she’s an Aries.
She also did an amazing version of Ella Fitzgerald’s “A Tisket A Tasket”:
With all the verve Ella would make you expect.
She’s a singer, an actress and a comedian.
Watchout, Nellie McKay is a rebel: