Blind Boys Of Alabama Take The High Road
BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
FEATURES GUEST PERFORMANCES BY VINCE GILL,
WILLIE NELSON, HANK WILLIAMS JR, LEE ANN WOMACK AND THE OAK RIDGE BOYS
Release Date: 9th MAY, 2011
Five-time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will release Take The High Road on 9th May, the first traditional country-gospel album of their 70-year career. The album is co-produced by Jamey Johnson, one of country music’s most acclaimed and compelling artists, who also performs on it along with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Ann Womack, and The Oak Ridge Boys, backed by an A-list of top Nashville studio musicians. The result is a stunning, powerful testament to the deep, historic relationship between country and gospel music.
The concept for the collaboration started with original Blind Boy Jimmy Carter’s longstanding love of country music and his desire to do a traditional country-tinged gospel album. Last year, his idea started to take shape when the Blind Boys were asked to curate a series of shows at the prestigious Lincoln Center Festival, which included country artists such as Ralph Stanley, Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel) and Allison Moorer. Soon afterwards they met Jamey Johnson and asked him to join them in singing Down By The Riverside at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Their mutual respect and shared passion for old-time gospel music made for a powerful performance, and that magical moment led to the Blind Boys asking Jamey to produce their next CD.