Irma Thomas to receive 2018 Americana Honor

Read about the third Americana honoree for AmericanaFest 2018

Irma Thomas to appear at Americana Music Festival and Conference 2018

Recipient of Lifetime Achievement Performance Award


Irma Thomas – photo Rick Oliver

A little touch of New Orleans soul will be present at the Americana Music Festival and Conference this year.

Those who have experienced the music scene of New Orleans and attended the city’s Jazz and Heritage Festival would know that soul singer Irma Thomas is an integral and much-loved figure there.

The Americana Music Association has just announced that Irma will receive its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Americana Honors and Awards Show.

Widely celebrated as the ‘Soul Queen of New Orleans’, Irma Thomas has a career spanning almost six decades, is an eight-time Blues Music Award-winner, a Blues Hall Of Fame member, Grammy winner with an impressive body of work, including 1960s songs “It’s Raining” and “Wish Someone Would Care”.  The legendary Otis Redding reinterpreted her song “Ruler of My Heart” (as “Pain in My Heart”) and The Rolling Stones‘ classic “Time Is On My Side” is another Thomas cover.

Her critically acclaimed comeback album After the Rain (2006) was recorded merely weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastatingly destroyed her Louisiana home and local nightclub The Lion’s Den, which she had opened with her husband and manager Emile Jackson.

After graduating from her home state’s Delgado College at 61, Thomas partnered with the school to establish the Irma Thomas Wise Women Centre, which counsels young men and women with guidance on furthering their educations and careers.  

Irma Thomas will be presented with this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Performance during the Americana Music Association’s 17th annual Americana Honors & Awards, which includes six member-voted annual awards as well as several top Lifetime Achievement honors.

This announcement follows the recent unveiling of 2018 Americana Trailblazer Award recipient k.d.lang, and Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist honoree Buddy Guy.  This year’s nominees include Artist of the Year contenders Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Margo Price and John Prine — click here for a full list of this year’s nominations.  The prestigious ceremony celebrates legendary mainstays and trailblazing newcomers as the hallmark of AmericanaFest week, taking place September 11 to 16 in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Americana Honors and Awards Show will be held September 12 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Thomas will most likely perform on the night as well.


Want to share this moment of Americana music history with us?


The Americana Honors and Awards Show is a part of the Americana Music Festival and Conference which runs from September 11 to 16 2018.  You can be there with us as part of our TriFest Music Tour (we have two places left).



Read about the third Americana honoree for AmericanaFest 2018

Read about the third Americana honoree for AmericanaFest 2018



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