Irma Thomas and James Booker Release New Music

Irma Thomas and James Booker Release New Music

Classified (remixed and remastered) from R&B piano virtuoso James Booker and/or the vinyl debut of GRAMMY® Award-winning After the Rainfrom soul singer Irma Thomas in celebration of Rounder Records’ 50thyear anniversary comes out July 31st.



James Booker’s short but blazing career was one of the most unique and innovative talents in the jazz and R&B world. Known for his dizzying technique at the keyboard, the flamboyant artist coined a myriad of titles for himself: from “The Piano Prince of New Orleans” to “The Bayou Maharajah to The Bronze Liberace.


While James Booker was “The Bayou Maharajah,” Irma Thomas continues to reign as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans.” The singer, who scored her first charting R&B single, “Don’t Mess With My Man” before her 20th birthday, has enjoyed a long career, working with some of the greatest songwriters of the modern era. Early on, Thomas collaborated with songwriter, musician, producer and fellow New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint, releasing singles like “It’s Raining” and “Ruler of My Heart” (which was later reworked by Otis Redding as “Pain in My Heart”). Recorded at the rural Dockside Studio in Maurice, Louisiana only months after Hurricane Katrina, After the Rain is a remarkable declaration of resilience. Though the majority of the songs were chosen prior to the hurricane—which destroyed Thomas’ home—the album’s eerily prophetic themes offer a poignant message of hope after loss.

Here is one track called “All Around The World”.


Post a Comment