The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years.
Although only one of the founding members, Jimmy Carter, remains active in the group today – as a whole The Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing straight through MANY changes in society over the past seven decades. Just to name a few… a World War, The Civil Rights Movement and The Summer of Love, the moon landing, Vietnam and the fall of The Berlin Wall, JFK & MLK and Malcolm X; the invention of the jukebox, the atomic bomb and the internet.
Band manager Charles Driebe described the members of the bands incredible origins by saying, “These men were both raise as blind African American males in the Deep South during the Jim Crow years and they were sent to a school where the expectation for them was to one day make brooms or mops for a living, but they’ve transcended all that. The arc of their lives and of the band reflects the arc of a lot of changes in American society, and we wanted to find a way to capture their experiences in songs.”
The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. The Blind Boys of Alabama have appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy® Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows.
The Blind Boys of Alabama will be live at The Carolina Opry Theater, for one night only, on June 2, 2019 at 7:00pm. Tickets are on sale now. To buy tickets click the button below, call 800-843-6779, or visit the box office.