Love is the Foundation
Returning to the studio for her first album in over a decade, soul powerhouse Irma Thomas is back. With vocals that will sweep you away into a different time and space, Irma Thomas is rooted by her phenomenal accompanying band featuring Preservation Hall Jazz Band pianist Kyle Roussel, Johnny Vidacovich on drums, and the late Alfred “Uganda” Roberts on percussion. Roberts and Vidacovich played together since the late 60s as rhythm partners for many of the 60s and 70s R&B greats, including Professor Longhair.
Providing the brass for the album are Andrew Baham on trumpet, Roderick Pauling on Saxophone, and Terrence Taplin on Trombone. Thomas is supported by vocal backing from Paggy Prine, Sierra Green, and Kyshona Armstrong. And, bridging two great American musical traditions, Paul Defiglia and Stephen Daly join the band to contribute bass and guitar all the way from Nashville, TN.
Recorded by Misha Kachkachishvili January 13-15th 2020 at Esplanade Studios, New Orleans.
Mixed by Marc Urselli East Side Sound.
Mastered by Alex DeTurk at The Bunker Studios Brooklyn.
Pressed on 180-gram clear vinyl by QRP in Salina, Kansas.
Packaged in an old style tip-on full color gatefold, made by Stoughton Printing in Los Angeles.
Shot by Nisa East & Weenta Girmay. Edited by Ben Chace. Additional editing by Matt Steinfeld.
My Love Is
I Don't Know
Picture on the Wall
Don't Go To Strangers
Love is the Foundation
Our Day Will Come
“I always choose songs that have good storylines. And on this particular session they all had great storylines. May not have been some that I would do or say personally, but you don’t always look at it from a personal standpoint. You look at it like a script, and you are playing a role and telling a story and you want it to be believable. So you have to picture yourself in that. What would you do if you were in that position? And it makes it easier to sing, because in your head while you’re singing it you are that person in that position. And since I been around since mud I’ve had a lot of life and living under my belt, so it's not hard for me to put myself in a lot of those positions.”
--Irma Thomas, January 14, 2020
Irma Thomas: Vocals
Johnny Vidacovich: Drums
Alfred ‘Uganda’ Roberts: Congas
Kyle Roussel: Piano, Wurlitzer, B3 Organ
Stephen Daly: Electric guitar, pedal steel guitar
Paul Defiglia: Electric and upright bass
Paggy Prine - Background vocals
Sierra Green - Background vocals
Kyshona Armstrong - Background vocals
Andrew Baham - Trumpet
Roderick Pauling - Saxophone
Terrence Taplin - Trombone
Produced by Ben Chace
Photography by Daymon Gardner
Graphic Design by Studio Mococo