The Blind Boys of Alabama : Down In New Orleans

blind_boys_down_in_new_orleans.jpgWhether you believe in the word of God, or just the power of music, after hearing Down in New Orleans, one thing is for certain – you will believe in the The Blind Boys of Alabama. 

Bringing a blessed message of love and hope, the Grammy-winning gentlemen chose to visit another beloved institution, the Crescent City.  Front to back, the album is full of humanity and joyous listening.  The moments that really shine are when the gentlemen hook up with some locals for a romp.  They are joined by The Hot 8 Brass Band for a rousing “Make a Better World” and again on “I’ll Fly Away."

There could be no better pairing than the ambassadors of the great city, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, along with The Blind Boys of Alabama.  They ragtime on “Across the Bridge” and march along to “Uncloudy Day.”  Then as if that were not enough, the two legendary bands are also joined by iconic producer and musician Allen Toussaint on “Down by the Riverside”.

This is a phenomenal album on a multitude of levels.  The A-list of contributors and the power of The Blind Boys of Alabama’s vocal presence carry a strong source of light out into a dark, dark night, serving as a great reminder that everyday we can offer up a helping hand.

Down in New Orleans is out January 29 on TimeLife Records.