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The Blind Boys Of Alabama To Headline Gospel Caravan At NYC's City Center Jan 25 As They Launch Extensive U.S. Tour
Published January 2, 2008

Struggling with diabetes, original member Clarence Fountain will perform only when he is physically able to meet the demands of the band's high-energy shows.

The Blind Boys of Alabama will lead a billing of Gospel music stars, including the Dixie Hummingbirds, Chuck Campbell, and the McIntosh County Shouters, at the National Heritage Masters: Gospel Caravan concert January 25 at New York City Center. They will perform material from their forthcoming CD Down In New Orleans, (Jan 29/Time Life), their first album in three years and the first in the group's nearly 70-year history recorded in the Crescent City.

The Blind Boys have been on a roll of late. "They have enjoyed a renaissance that has allowed them to live their mission," The Seattle Post-Intelligencer recently put it. The Philadelphia Inquirer concurred, "They've been at it for nearly 70 years, but the Blind Boys of Alabama are still lifting spirits with their gutsy and graceful brand of gospel singing... In their own way, The Blind Boys have given black vernacular music a 21st century significance."

The Blind Boys of Alabama are Jimmy Carter, Eric 'Ricky' McKinnie, Joey Williams, Caleb 'Bobby' Butler, Tracy Pierce, Billy Bowers and Ben Moore.

Original member Clarence Fountain will be performing with The Blind Boys of Alabama whenever possible but his availability is subject to his health, which has been compromised by diabetes. Even so, the Blind Boys' energetic show will remain as strong as ever with Ben Moore stepping in for Clarence. Moore has performed over 50 shows with the Blind Boys, has had his own Grammy-nominated gospel career, and in the past also worked with the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

For a complete list of the group's tour dates, check out the Live Music section of our website.