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Blind Boys Of Alabama - Talkin' Christmas! with Taj Mahal is 'Daily Local' Fav of Christmas

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In 2003, the Blind Boys of Alabama began a yearly tradition of touring during the holiday season. The success of that tour inspired the band to record a new Christmas album, Talkin' Christmas!

Joining them for this special project is their friend and frequent touring partner, Taj Mahal and the resulting collaboration brings a blues-meets-gospel sound unlike the usual season fare so often found at this time of year. With Taj on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and lending his vocals on two key tracks, the album is a full-fledged holiday celebration evoking the true spirit of the season with pure joy, great voices and that all-are-welcome message that only the Blind Boys of Alabama can bring.

The record includes both the familiar and fresh - with a rocking new take on the seasonal favorite, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" plus five new Blind Boys originals (including the compassionate "What Can I Do?," featuring Taj Mahal on vocals and is one of two songwriting collaborations with Stax Records soul legend William Bell) and choice covers of some of gospel music's greatest seasonal gems.