February 20, 2006

Irma On Irma

The Times-Picayune has a nice little interview with Irma Thomas, in which she talks about her new CD project, among other things, and also says, ". . . my turn is coming. This is going to be my year. This is going to be the year that they sit up and take notice that Irma Thomas is still around and doing OK." May it be so, Irma dear.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, it is a nice interview. She deserves the attention, the credit, the respect. I am looking forward to her performing in the Boston area this week - http://www.regattabarjazz.com/ Also, a copy of her out of print album "Something Good-The Muscle Shoals Sessions" (2000) just sold today on e-bay for $63 (I was outbid).

11:04 PM, February 20, 2006  
Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Wow. Irma's stock is truly going up in the world at large, if ebay auctions are any gauge. Glad she is playing up your way, anon. Hope you get to enjoy the show. Interesting that she is shown as
Irma Lee Thomas Jackson (the last three names being her maiden and two married names) in the listing of band members at that link you gave....

1:17 AM, February 21, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Irma’s performance last night and it was wonderful. My wife and mother also liked it – they had never heard her before. Irma took requests from the audience. My favorite was “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh”, a Bill Withers song that she said is on a new compilation “I Believe To My Soul”. It is available at Starbucks (I know because I went out and bought one this morning) and includes contributions from Allen Toussaint and others. For each purchase, Starbucks will donate $10 to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Recovery fund.

Irma’s voice and singing keeps getting better and better. I liked her band, The Professionals, which include
Emile Hall - sax
Robert Harvey - bass
Arthur Bell - guitar
Percy Williams - trumpet
Larry Campbell - drums
Kim Phillips – keyboard

They did a nice version of Big Chief, and there was plenty of Mardi Gras spirit in the room. The place was full, and both performances tonight are sold out. A review of one of her performances is at http://www.boston.com/news/globe/living/articles/2006/02/25/soulful_thomas_keeps_fans_guessing_and_coming_back/

Peace - Anon from Boston

5:02 PM, February 25, 2006  
Blogger Dan Phillips said...

Thanks for the mini-review, anon. I agree with you about Irma's singing. Her voice just gets richer - hope she can, too. I also recommend 'I Believe To my Soul'. Can't wait for her new CD.

11:59 PM, February 25, 2006  

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