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The Blind Boys of Alabama played the McCoy Center in Columbus OH last night, Sunday February 15, and opened with Curtis Mayfield's People Get Ready, a gospel song originally recorded with Mayfield's soul group the Impressions. They followed with a Tom Waits tune - Way Down In The Hole, God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds, a tune country singer Kitty Wells made famous, and then the classic Amazing Grace was sung to the melody of House Of The Rising Sun.

Unsurprisingly, a key to the group's success was the deep musical connection among the vocal quartet, filled out by Ricky McKinnie, Paul Beasley and Ben Moore. Beasley, especially, brought the house down with his passion and impossibly high range during There Will Never Be Any Peace (Until God Is Seated At The Conference Table.)

The Blind Boys also benefited, as well, from a killer backup band, equally adept at blues, soul and funk, as well as gospel. The show also featured the incomparable Mavis Staples.  READ THE FULL Columbus Dispatch ARTICLE