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Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it wasn't until the late 20th century that they had the benefit of a major record company behind them. Led by founding member Clarence Fountain, the group has also featured Eric McKinney, George Scott, Caleb Butler, Johnny Fields, Jimmy Carter, Joey Williams, Donald Dillion, and Aubrey Blount. From their inception in the 1930s, when they were all boys, the group's members turned their blindness into their chief selling point, and in fact, all members of the group except one were blind. They began singing when all were students at the Talladega Institute for the Deaf and Blind in Alabama, but didn't begin recording until 1948. The group began singing professionally as the Happy Land Jubilee Singers, and for years lived a day-to-day, dollar-to-dollar existence touring the South.

In late 2016 and 2017, the Boys completed four recording sessions with four Grammy-winning producers (Chris Goldsmith, Vance Powell, Steve Berlin, and John Leventhal) in four North American cities. Songs were solicited from Leventhal and Marc Cohn, Ruthie Foster, Randal Bramblett, Valerie June, and North Mississippi Allstars, cut, and melded with covers by Bob Dylan and Billy Joe Shaver with the view of looking back and summing up a 70-plus-year career. (Carter and Fountain were well into their eighties). The finished album, Almost Home, was issued in August.   Watch the attached video - the Blind Boys Of Alabama - 'God Knows Everything,' Recorded Live: 2/15/2018 Paste Studios - New York, NY