Thursday, August 25, 2011

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA WITH Lengthy U.S. Tour

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA ‘TAKE THE HIGH ROAD’ WITH FALL TOUR

Lengthy U.S. Tour To Celebrate Success of Latest CD
 Dates Include Appearances with Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek

Nashville, TN (August 25, 2011) --- The Blind Boys of Alabama will embark on an extensive U.S. concert tour this fall, including prestigious performances at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek will open many shows on the tour, and will also collaborate with the Blind Boys on select songs from their latest album, Take the High Road. Sara Watkins and the Blind Boys first performed together last year at a series of sold-out shows by the Blind Boys at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and both artists felt a musical connection that they wanted to build on. “I have been a fan of the Blind Boys of Alabama since I first heard them 15 or 20 years ago, but I’ll never forget the first time I found myself on stage singing with them.  I was struck by the force they have - the power in their singing is real.  Sean and I are truly excited and grateful to tour and sing with them this fall,” commented Sara Watkins

Released in May 2011, Take the High Road marked the band’s first foray into country gospel, guided by co-producer Jamey Johnson and featuring an outstanding array of guest vocalists such as Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Ann Womack and The Oak Ridge Boys. “There wasn’t one person who didn’t bawl like a baby or bust their hearts open at least once,” Johnson recounted to the New York Times, remarking on the intensity of the recording sessions. The album drew raves from both Nashville and beyond, with Country Weekly giving it 4 ½ stars, the Associated Press declaring “something heavenly emerged” from the project, and the New York Times gushing that the Blind Boys embrace of country music “couldn’t have gone much better.”  After the recording sessions, the group recaptured the studio magic in live collaborations with both Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson at their respective shows at the New Orleans JazzFest.  A few days later, the Oak Ridge Boys flew to New York City to join Johnson and the Blind Boys during a number of television performances.

Tour dates include:
*appearing with Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek

8/26/2011        The Melting Point                                            Athens, GA
8/27/2011        Worship In The City                                        Knoxville, TN
9/4/2011          Camden Backyard BBQ                                Camden, NJ
9/9/2011          Southside Shuffle                                           Port Credit, ON Canada
9/10/2011        Hope College                                                  Holland, MI
9/25/2011        Ventura Hillsides Music Festival                  Ventura, CA
9/27/2011        Mountain Winery                                              Saratoga, CA
*9/28/2011      The Grammy Museum: Clive Davis Theater   Los Angeles, CA
*9/30/2011      Fox Theatre                                                       Visalia, CA
10/1/2011        KidCare International Annual Fundraiser   Claremont, CA
10/2/2011        Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival                 San Francisco, CA
10/6/2011        The Lincoln Theatre                                        Raleigh, NC
10/7/2011        The Orange Peel                                             Asheville, NC
10/8/2011        McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square              Charlotte, NC
10/13/2011      Sellersville Theater                                         Sellersville, PA
10/14/2011      Infinity Hall                                                         Norfolk, CT
10/15/2011      “Live From Daryl’s House taping                  Milford, CT
10/18/2011      Rams Head On Stage                                    Annapolis, MD
10/20/2011      Shaftman Performance Hall                          Roanoke, VA
10/21/2011      Strathmore                                                        North Bethesda, MD
10/22/2011      Agnes Scott College                                        Decatur, GA
*11/3/2011      Cedar Cultural Center                                     Minneapolis, MN
*11/4/2011      Stoughton Opera House                                 Stoughton, WI
*11/5/2011      FitzGerald’s                                                        Berwyn, IL
*11/6/2011      Eastern Illinois University                               Charleston, IL
*11/8/2011      Old Rock House                                               St. Louis, MO
*11/10/2011    East Arkansas Community College             Forrest City, AR
*11/12/2011    The Midland Theater                                        Kansas City, MO
*11/14/2011    The Kessler Theater                                        Dallas, TX
*11/15/2011    Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater      Austin, TX
*11/16/2011    Dosey Doe Café                                               The Woodlands, TX
*11/18/2011    Samford University                                           Birmingham, AL
*11/19/2011    The Saenger Theater                                       Mobile, AL
*11/20/2011    Mississippi State University                            Meridian, MS
12/3/2011        39th Annual Noel Night                                    Detroit, MI
12/10/2011      Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts   Scottsdale, AZ
*12/11/2011    Belly Up                                                               Solana Beach, CA
*12/13/2011    Pepperdine University                                      Malibu, CA
12/14/2011      Lancaster Performing Arts Center                 Lancaster, CA
*12/15/2011    Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts        Davis, CA
*12/17/2011    The Uptown Theatre                                         Napa, CA
*12/18/2011    Grand Sierra Resort                                         Reno, NV
12/20/2011      Benaroya Hall                                                    Seattle, WA
12/22/2011      Tower Theatre                                                   Bend, OR

Honored by both the Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, The Blind Boys have attained the highest levels of recognition in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material, and now country, by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night with David Letterman,” the Grammy® Awards telecast, “60 Minutes II,” and on their own holiday PBS Special, as well as big screen appearances in The Fighting Temptations and 2011’s HOP.  They have also recorded and or toured with such diverse acts as Peter Gabriel, Ben Harper, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and Lou Reed.  The Blind Boys' live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to almost every continent and have embraced modern technology with a daily Twitter message called #BBwisdom.  Today’s quote was from founding member Jimmy Carter: "You gotta hold on to hope when things seem tough. If you do, everything will work out alright."
 

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