VINCE RECORDS WITH THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Five-time Grammy Award and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will release Take The High Road (Proper Records) on 9th May, the first traditional country-gospel album of their 70-year career. The album is co-produced by Jamey Johnson, one of country music’s most acclaimed and compelling artists, who also performs on it along with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Lee Ann Womack, and The Oak Ridge Boys, backed by an A-list of top Nashville studio musicians. The result is a stunning, powerful testament to the deep, historic relationship between country and gospel music.
The band had already been planning to make a country record with their Grammy-winning production collaborator Chris Goldsmith, who had enlisted the help of veteran Nashville drummer Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler). Jamey then brought in bassist Kevin ‘Swine’ Grantt (Brad Paisley, Daryl Worley) and additional top-notch Music City players, including legends such as guitarist Reggie Young, to join them in the studio. A fantastic array of guest vocalists – Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr, Lee Ann Womack and The Oak Ridge Boys – added to the recording sessions while new friendships were quickly formed and soulful sounds were crafted out of a shared love of authentic spiritual music. The result is a remarkable album, which mines the profound connections between traditional country and gospel music. more!