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The Blind Boys Of Alabama "Amazing Grace"

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Blind Boys Of Alabama/Taj Mahal - Aquarian Weekly

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Blind Boys Of Alabama opened for Taj Majal on June 18 at the New Jersey State Theatre, where they easily managed to eclipse the headliner in terms of intensity and audience appeal. “Boys” is a bit of a misnomer for the six-time Grammy-winning gospel group formed way back in the 1930s by nine-year-old students attending the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind, located in Talladega.

Sadly, only a couple of the founding members are still alive, Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, and the latter’s participation in concerts is limited to the extent his failing health allows. But in the early decades, the talented ensemble crisscrossed the country, often going on tour with The Blind Boys Of Mississippi, with whom they would share the stage in a friendly battle of the bands.

The show I attended featured a mix of traditional, classic and modern spirituals, ranging from “I Shall Not Be Moved,” to Curtis Mayfield’s “People Get Ready,” to Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit In The Sky,” to a novel arrangement of “Amazing Grace” set to the tune of “House Of The Rising Sun.”

Despite now being in their 70s and 80s, the hard-working harmonizers maintained their high energy for the duration of the hour-plus set, with Jimmy being guided up and down the aisles for hugs, handshakes and photo ops during a lively encore that brought down the house.

By contrast, the Taj Majal trio was relatively subdued, and fed his fans a steady diet of blues, blues and more blues, ignoring the jazz, reggae, rock and R&B in his repertoire, except for a brief incursion into his African roots. Otherwise, his playlist included such standards as Blind Lemon Jefferson’s “Corinna, Corinna,” T-Bone Walker’s “Mean Old World,” Muddy Waters’ “Honey Bee,” John Lee Hooker’s “Annie Mae,” and Mississippi John Hurt’s “Satisfied And Tickled Too.”

Taj was backed by drums and bass while he played guitar (dobro, electric, 12-string acoustic, and so forth)...

Source: www.theaquarian.com


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    01/14/15 ,via Tri Cities

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    The late James Brown said that longevity should be lauded. "It isn't easy to stick around in the world of music," Brown said. "It's a hard business. I tip my hat to anyone who sticks around." Few groups have been around as long as the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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    Hal Leonard Corporation. 2015. ISBN: 0879306270,9780879306274. 1491 pages.

    Arranged in sixteen musical categories, provides entries for twenty thousand releases from four thousand artists, and includes a history of each musical genre.

  • Uncloudy Days

    Hal Leonard Corporation. 2015. ISBN: 0879308419,9780879308414. 515 pages.

    The first true gospel music encyclopedia, Uncloudy Days explores the artists who profoundly influenced early rock 'n' roll and soul music and provided inspiration for millions of the faithful."--BOOK JACKET.

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    2010. ISBN: 1158496184,9781158496181. 20 pages.

    Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Not illustrated. Excerpt: There Will Be a Light is a gospel album by Ben Harper and The Blind Boys of Alabama, released in 2004. All songs written by Ben Harper except as noted. Album - Billboard (North America) ... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=1140723


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