As part of New Orleans’ musical royalty, Irma Thomas has a rich musical history. Her first single in 1960 reached the Billboard R&B charts and from there she recorded for many labels. Thomas’ 2006 Grammy Award-winning album After the Rain was recorded in rural Louisiana just weeks after Hurricane Katrina.
The Blind Boys of Alabama
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 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st.
The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet
The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet represents a tradition that started in 1961, when Preservation Hall first opened in the French Quarter. This band is comprised of some of the most revered alumni of the Hall, many of whom have toured the world with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band for decades.