The Blind Boys of Alabama, the four- time Grammy-winning Gospel group, stopped by the Upper West Side this week and sang for a packed house in a book store’s performance space. It was jam-packed and all possible standing room was filled.
Jimmy Carter, the lead singer, said that they were up since 4 am and exhausted but they had plenty of energy and electricity. He apologized for not being “in uniform”, that is, in matching outfits.
Many in the crowd were clearly listening to the spritual message of the music, others just seemed to like the rhythm and danced as they sang.
They were promoting their new album, “Down In New Orleans,” which combines Gospel and New Orleans style. On the album they are accompanied by music giants: Allen Toussaint, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Hot 8 Brass Band, and pianist David Torkanowsky, bassist Roland Guerin and drummer Shannon Powell. The links have sound clips too.
I love Gospel, New Orleans Jazz, Preservation Hall Jazz Band etc, etc, so I happily own this new CD and I plan to walk around town with them singing in my ears.