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Five Reasons Why You Must Go See The Blind Boys Of Alabama / Folio Weekly

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If, as Elvis Presley purportedly said, "Gospel music is the purest thing there is on this Earth," then The Blind Boys of Alabama are the purest keepers of that eternally pure flame. Formed in 1944 at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind when its seven founding members were all of nine or ten years old, the group has performed nearly everywhere, from the Jim Crow South to pivotal Civil Rights Movement marches to 60 Minutes to the White House. They've won more awards than we can count (OK, we can count five Grammys), recorded with myriad notables, from Booker T. Jones to Ben Harper to Bon Iver, and dabbled in pop, funk, soul, and hip-hop, all while remaining true to their gospel roots. Most amazing, founding member Jimmy Carter is still leading the band, which now includes three more visually impaired singers and four backing musicians.

Since The Blind Boys of Alabama are appearing at St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Nov. 29, we came up with five more reasons why this show is a can't-miss, must-see.   READ ALL THE REASONS