The great Irma Thomas

irma-thomas_319_319HANGMAN’S GAME has been out in the world for about a month now. One of the aspects of the release I’ve enjoyed most is the readers who have told me the book turned them on to the music of the underappreciated Irma Thomas.

Irma Thomas came up in the 1960s in New Orleans and found success, but she never broke wide and crossed over the way that Aretha Franklin did. I had never heard of Thomas until a few years ago, when she was touted by my favorite source for music mixes and insights, Aquarium Drunkard. I quickly became a fan and listened to Irma regularly as I wrote. Her music makes a brief appearance in HANGMAN’S GAME, when an exhausted Nick Gallow falls asleep to Thomas singing Long After Tonight Is All Over. Nick isn’t all that into the lyrics, but he relates to what he hears in her voice.

It’s magical stuff. Click through here and enjoy.




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