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Sometimes, all you have to hear is a few notes, and you know that a voice has been lived in; you can hear a long life of ups and downs, a rich and weathered sound. That is certainly true of singer Jimmy Carter, one of the founding members of the Blind Boys of Alabama. The Grammy-winning group had its recording debut nearly 70 years ago; now, it has a new album, Almost Home. The album includes written to honor the lives of Carter and Clarence Fountain, the group's now-retired leader: Songwriters were encouraged to listen to in-depth interviews with Carter and Fountain and compose songs based on what they heard.

Carter and the band's manager, Charles Driebe, joined NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro for a conversation about these songs, the group's long career and what it means to be "almost home." Listen to that conversation at the audio link, and read on for an edited transcript.

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