Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen of New Orleans

Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen of New Orleans

We're thrilled to announce a one-of-a-kind musical treasure, exclusively available at Dive into the heart of New Orleans soul with the legendary Irma Thomas, and a special limited edition pressing of a live recording that captures an unforgettable moment in music history.


Irma Thomas: The Soul Queen of New Orleans

Before we unveil this exclusive release, let’s journey into the legacy of Irma Thomas. Known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans," Irma's voice has been a beacon of warmth, strength, and soulfulness for over five decades. Her journey through the realms of R&B, soul, and blues has paralleled that of legends like Aretha Franklin and Etta James, yet Irma's path holds a unique resonance, deeply rooted in the vibrant tapestry of New Orleans music culture.

From her early days singing in church choirs to her groundbreaking recordings with Allen Toussaint, Irma Thomas has consistently showcased an unparalleled emotional depth and vocal prowess. Her hits like "Ruler Of My Heart" and "It's Raining" are timeless anthems that have left an indelible mark on the soul music landscape. Despite facing challenges and setbacks, Irma's resilience and dedication to her craft led her to a Grammy win in 2007 for Best Contemporary Blues Album, celebrating a career that has inspired generations.

A Historic Performance

Now, we invite you to experience a pivotal moment in Irma's career with our exclusive album release. Recorded live at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 11, 1976, this album features Irma Thomas at her best, alongside the incredible Tommy Ridgley’s New Orleans band. It wasn't just any performance; it was a day where legends like Lightnin’ Hopkins, Ernie K-Doe, and Professor Longhair graced the stage, creating an electrifying atmosphere that only the Fairgrounds of New Orleans could host.

What makes this pressing truly special is not just the historic performance it captures, but also its unique color – a visual representation of the vibrancy and spirit of New Orleans music. Limited to just 300 copies, this edition is a must-have for collectors and music lovers alike, offering a piece of soul history you won't find anywhere else.

Exclusive to InnerSleeve is proud to be the exclusive home of this limited edition pressing. It’s not just an album; it’s a passage through time, a chance to relive a legendary performance that epitomizes the essence of soul and the unbreakable spirit of New Orleans.

Don't miss your chance to own a piece of music history. With only 300 copies available, this exclusive pressing is a testament to the enduring legacy of Irma Thomas and the rich musical heritage of New Orleans. Secure your copy today and let the Soul Queen of New Orleans reign in your collection.
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