Blind Boys of Alabama Schedule
Seven decades after they first harmonized together, the Blind Boys of Alabama are
extraordinary not only in their endurance but also in the depth of their repertoire and their contributions to the modern
roots sound. Since 2000, they have claimed four Gospel Music Awards and five Grammys and have presented their soulful inspirations
to an infinite number of fans.
The best way to experience the music of this remarkable group is not through your headphones
but through a live performance. The Blind Boys of Alabama have scheduled engagements at venues like the Weinberg Center in
Frederick, Maryland; Wilbur Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts; SF JAZZ Center in San Francisco, California; Wells Fargo Center
For the Arts in Santa Rosa, California; and more. To keep tabs on all of the Blind Boys of Alabama's upcoming live shows,
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Blind Boys of Alabama Background
Blind Boys of Alabama emerged in 1944 as part of a glee club formed at the Alabama Institute for the Blind located in Talladega,
Alabama. The group was comprised of pre-teens Jimmy Carter, Velma Bozman Traylor, George Scott, Johnny Fields, Clarence Fountain,
J.T. Hutton and Olice Thomas. Originally billed as The Happy Land Jubilee Singers, the group entertained at training camps
in the South for soldiers of the World War II period. By 1945, the group made the rounds on the gospel scene. Three years
later, a concert promoter from New Jersey set up performances for two groups of blind gospel singers, which included The Happy
Land Jubilee Singers along with the Jackson Harmoneers of Mississippi. The publicized the event as the "Battle of the Blind
Boys." The promotion launched a friendly competition between the two acts. Both groups changed their monikers to the Five
Blind Boys of Mississippi and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama. It didn't take long for them to hit the road together, sometimes
even bouncing members between the two groups. "I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine," became the Blind Boys of Alabama's
debut track. The single scored instant success and paved the way for numerous recordings on a bevy of record labels. The Blind
Boys of Alabama experienced a surge in popularity throughout the 50s when gospel music served as a major influence on other
genres. During the next few decades, soul music overshadowed traditional gospel music and the Blind Boys of Alabama saw their
popularity fade during the 60s and 70s era. But even though musical preferences had shifted, the group remained true to their
genre, continuing to churn out albums. "We sing gospel music," Carter said. "That's what we do. We're not going to ever deviate
The Blind Boys of Alabama soldiered on and their efforts hit pay dirt in the 1980s when they made appearances
at the World's Fair in Knoxville. And, the play, The Gospel at Colonus, also gave the group exposure when they appeared as
Oedipus. The musical theater production garnered a pair of OBIE Awards and Tony Award as well as Pulitzer Prize nominations.
The publicity led to tremendous opportunities for the group to collaborate with more high-profile talents. The group continued
to boost their popularity with the release of Deep River (1992), which earned them a Grammy nomination. In 2001, Blind Boys
of Alabama issued Spirit of the Century, which mashed traditional church songs with tunes of the Rolling Stones and Tom Waits.
Because of the effort, they took home their very first Grammy. The following year, they supported Peter Gabriel on his effort,
Up, and also shared the stage with him on Gabriel's global tour. They got even more attention when David Simon selected their
rendition of "Way Down in the Hole," originally done by Waits for the inaugural season of The Wire. The Blind Boys of Alabama
sustained their popularity and collaborated with countless artists throughout the 2000s, including Ben Harper, Mavis Staples
and Robert Randolph & the Family Band.
Blind Boys of Alabama Albums
Throughout their storied career,
the Blind Boys of Alabama have released a string of recordings including: I Can See Everybody's Mother But Mine (1948); Sweet
Honey in the Rocks (1950); Livin' On Mother's Prayers (1950); Come Over Here The Table Spread (1950); The Sermon (1953); When
I Lost My Mother (1953); Marching Up To Zion (1954); Oh Lord, Stand By Me (1954); My Mother's Train (1958); God is On the
Throne (1959); The Original Blind Boys (1959); You'll Never Walk Alone (1963); Old Time Religion (1963); True Convictions
(1963); Can I Get a Witness? (1965); Church Concert in New Orleans (1967); Fix It Jesus Like You Said You Would (1969); Jesus
Will Be Waiting (1969); In the Gospel Light (1970); The Five Blind Boys From Alabama (1970); The Soul of Clarence Fountain
(1970); Best of Five Blind Boys of Alabama (1973); Precious Memories (1974); The Soldier Album (1978); Faith Moves Mountains
(1981); In the Hands of the Lord (1987); I'm a Changed Man (1989); The Five Blind Boys of Alabama (1989); Brand New (1990);
I'm Not That Way Anymore (1990); I am a Soldier (1991); Oh Lord, Stand By Me (1991); The Best of the Five Blind Boys (1991);
Deep River (1992); Bridge Over Troubled Waters (1993); Alive in Person (1994); Blessed Assurance (1994); and countless others!
Blind Boys of Alabama Trivia
The Blind Boys of Alabama are known for their genre crossovers. In early 2010, they
shared the stage with the legendary Lou Reed on Late Night with David Letterman.
Blind Boys of Alabama Concert
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