Some days opening the (snail) mail is worth it. Today was one of those days. Today in the mail I got a review copy of the new CD by the Blind Boys of Alabama called Take the High Road. The album is being released this month.
If you don’t know the Blind Boys of Alabama, you should. Really. (I’m not kidding this time.) I’ve been a fan for several years. My feeling is this, if you don’t like gospel music, are you sure you’re alive?
The Oak Ridge Boys sing the title track with the Blind Boys. Rising country singer-songwriter and producer Jamey Johnson contributes a vocal, his composition “Lead Me Home” and shares co-production duties. Hank Williams, Jr. sings his father’s classic “I Saw the Light.” Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Lee Ann Womack are also featured. Veteran Nashville drummer Chad Cromwell, who has worked with Mark Knopfler, Neil Young and others) is front and center.
The songs are old and new.
The album was recorded live at the old RCA soundstage. The Boys’ publicity says the album “has the soulful feel of an old-school country-gospel classic.” It’s true.