It's been 39 years since Diamond Lil's first Atlanta show was held at a cozy cabaret called Mrs. P's on Ponce, so it's not a far stretch for her to bring her glammy act to the intimate indie-rock stage of the Earl this Valentine's Day. "It's just across town," laughs the legendary gender-bending performer, "but it has been a long trip."
In the '70s and early '80s, Lil was a fixture of the alternative music scene, gracing the stage of nearly every rock club in the Southeast. The colorful performer who cites Tina Turner as an influence and has, in turn, influenced several generations of cross-dressing superstars including Jayne/Wayne County and RuPaul, considers herself lucky. "I'm happy to still be doing this because I love it."
Recently, just before a rehearsal with her new band, the effusive entertainer said she's cooking up her new CD, Verve, Vigor and Vim, with an eye to release it at her sure-to-be-rousing Valentine's Day show. "Rousing? Well, we can hope," she says coyly. "I've got to tell you, these songs are hot," she confides. "I think this album has about six really hot singles on it." And with titles such as "Mama Is a Stripper at the Clermont Hotel," who can argue?
The catchy tunes on the disc will have to find their way to the world organically because old-school Lil doesn't even have a website at the moment. "I want these songs to be heard by Atlanta, in any way possible," she says with a naughty giggle. As she debuts her steamy new material during the vaudeville-style "Valentine's Day is for Suckers" revue, she says she'll also keep an eye out for her own special someone. "A Valentine for me! Yes, that would be nice," she sighs.
Diamond Lil. $7. 8:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 14 -- that's Valentine's Day, darling -- at the Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. www.badearl.com.
You've got a few of my faves listed here, plus a bunch I've never heard…
This is such a cool idea and the performance is great (I've been twice) but…
Ugliest bunch of girls I've ever seen.
Shuddup ya dumb beatnik