If the French Quarter is the musical heart of New Orleans, then Preservation Hall is its heartbeat. Take a group of longtime performers from the venerable concert hall, combine them with the Crescent City's "Soul Queen" Irma Thomas, throw in the spirtual authority of the Blind Boys of Alabama, and you get a very special evening of music.
Irma Thomas is a Grammy Award-winning singer with her own rich musical history. Her first single in 1960 reached the Billboard R&B charts and, from there, she recorded for many labels. Her soul-drenched voice can be heard on the Allen Toussaint produced track "It's Raining," which was featured in the Jim Jarmusch's cult classic, Down by Law.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. These six-time Grammy Award winners are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in the twentieth century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the twenty-first century.