Finding Higher Ground with The Blind Boys of Alabama

Mar 22, 2016

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Live at the Blue Note Hawaii.
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The Blind Boys of Alabama have spread their style of gospel music for more than seven decades.   

The founding members of the group met as children in the late 1930’s- and have since released more than 60 records, and won 7 Grammys.

Although they were a fixture in the civil rights movement – and saw their career decline as audiences moved towards more popular music. But the band never crossed over to secular music, and their strength has become a source of inspiration for people with disabilities. 

Jimmy Carter is one of three surviving founding members of the group.  To him the journey was never about the money or the fame, but rather about spreading the gospel. 

 The Blind Boys of Alabama perform tonight at the Blue Note Hawaii

Catch their performance on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert