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The final studio sessions from legendary R&B artist Rufus Thomas, who died in 2001, will see the light of day this spring.The final studio sessions from legendary R&B artist Rufus Thomas, who died in 2001, will see the light of day this spring. Due April 26 via Segue Records, "Just Because I'm Leavin..." rounds up 11 previously unreleased tracks recorded in the early '90s at Sun Studios in Memphis.
The album features a duet with Thomas' daughter Carla on "God Bless America" as well as "Old Dog, New Tricks" (which references his classic, oft-covered "Walking the Dog") and "I'll Be a Good Boy." It will be his first studio release since 1988's "That Woman Is Poison!"
Tracks from the set will be premiered today (Feb. 14) on Sirius Satellite Radio's Sirius Blues program.
Meanwhile, a Thomas tribute concert is in the works for May 24 at Memphis' Orpheum Theatre. The event will be headlined by B.B. King and feature performances by Carla and her sister Vaneese Thomas, Eddie Floyd and the Average White Band. Proceeds will benefit the Band Aid Trust as well as the Rufus Thomas Scholarship Fund, which assists music students in Memphis.