Irma Thomas New Album

IRMA THOMAS, THE GRAMMY WINNING SOUL QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS
RETURNS WITH SIMPLY GRAND, AUGUST 12
GUEST ARTISTS INCLUDE DR. JOHN, NORAH JONES, ELLIS MARSALIS, JOHN MEDESKI AND OTHERS


Irma Thomas
Rounder Records will proudly release Simply Grand, the label's tenth album from the Grammy® award winning R&B legend Irma Thomas. The concept for the album was simple: bring Thomas together with a group of soul mate pianists and perform songs that find common ground in each pairing. The result: a beautifully crafted album that showcases the musical depth of Thomas, one of the most iconic and beloved entertainers in New Orleans.

Recorded earlier this year in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and New York with longtime producer and Rounder VP of A&R Scott Billington, Simply Grand matches Thomas with renowned pianists Marcia Ball, Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Davell Crawford, Dr. John, David Eagan, Norah Jones, Ellis Marsalis, Tom McDermott, John Medeski, Randy Newman, and David Torkanowsky. Billington calls the album, "...the most ambitious project that Irma and I have yet undertaken, but we had a ball at every stop along with way. At each of the twelve recording sessions, the musicians were clearly thrilled to be recording with this legendary and ever reaching artist, who is singing today at the peak of her expressive and vocal powers."

Simply Grand Track Listing:
1. River Is Waiting (with Henry Butler)
2. If I Had Any Sense I'd Go Back Home (with Dr. John)
3. Too Much Thinking (with Jon Cleary)
4. Early in the Morning (with Tom McDermott)
5. What Can I Do (with David Torkanowsky)
6. Underground Stream (with David Egan)
7. Thinking About You (with Norah Jones)
8. Be You (with Dr. John)
9. This Bitter Earth (with Ellis Marsalis)
10. Cold Rain (with David Torkanowsky)
11. Somebody Told You (with John Medeski)
12. Overrated (with Davell Crawford)
13. Same Old Blues (with Marcia Ball)
14. I Think It's Going to Rain Today (with Randy Newman)

http://www.irmathomas.com/

[Published on: 5/13/08]

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Comments

rjd999 Tue 5/13/2008 02:03PM
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i got introduced to ms. irma thomas through the "make it funky" dvd, which is like a celebration of all new orleans music. she has an amazing voice and great spirit, and im sure this album will be so soulful and gorgeous, and with medeski and dr. john on board, probably pretty funky too.

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legendary lady she is :)

twain starstarstarstarstar Wed 5/14/2008 12:23PM
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a true american treasure!