Much in the world has changed since the original version of the Blind Boys of Alabama first raised their voices together in 1939. Today, more than 70 years later, founding member Jimmy Carter can look back on a career far beyond what he and his colleagues could imagine at that time. Yet throughout this long adventure, they kept one secret to themselves. “All my life, I’ve loved country music,” confesses Carter. “I was raised up around it. Back in the 1940s, I remember listening to Hank Williams and so many others. Their voices were great. The writers were great. And every song had a meaning. I still have loads of country music in my home and I play it all the time. As a matter fact, I’ve got it on XM radio as we speak.”
Though the group has recorded and performed with a few country artists, along with others as diverse as Ben Harper, Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel and Prince, they never crossed the line and committed to doing a project inspired by the country genre until now, with the release of Take The High Road on Saguaro Road Records. This landmark recording draws from modern and traditional country to enrich the group’s gospel-rooted sound with fresh and illuminating insight. Arden Barnett says “this Sunday night could be on of the greatest concert experiences of the year.”
A list of accolades and honors:
• Winners of 5 GRAMMY Awards (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009)
• Honored with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award (2009)
• Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees (2003)
• Winners of 4 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards (2003, 2006, 2 Awards in 2009)
• 3 U.S. Presidential Administrations have invited The Blind Boys to the White House: President Clinton in 1994, President Bush in 2002 and President Obama in 2010.
The Blind Boys have appeared on recordings with Bonnie Raitt, Randy Travis, k.d. lang, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Charlie Musselwhite, Susan Tedeschi, Solomon Burke, Marty Stuart, Asleep at the Wheel and many others.
Hear the Blind Boys of Alabama LIVE, this Sunday evening at Duling Hall in Fondren, presented by Ardenland. Save with an advance ticket purchase from Ticketmaster, Babalu Tacos & Tapas or Morningbell Records. Ticket Scholarships available: email@example.com
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