Everything for the Music Enthusiast.
Music CDs and DVDs, books, musical instruments, music gear, music software, recording gear, audio equipment, music accessories, and more. Music promotion.
Promote Your Music | Subscribe | Advertise | Music Webmasters
Register/Login
Search OW
VIRTUAL CD - Listen          MUSIC REVIEWS        MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS        NEW MUSIC RELEASES       CD ARCHIVES        ARCHIVES
Cover Stories | Features | Spotlights | Rising Stars | Launchpad | Kaleidoscope | New DVDs | New Soundtracks | Music Books | Music Software | Audio Equipment

Cirque Du Soleil
“Someone”
Delirium
(Cirque Du Soleil)
[listen] [buy] [download]

Patricia Barber
“Whiteworld/Oedipus”
Mythologies
(Blue Note)
[listen] [buy]

Cirque Du Soleil
“Someone”
Delirium
(Cirque Du Soleil)
[listen] [buy] [download]

Jim Pearce
“Why I Haven't Got You”
Prairie Dog Ballet
(Oak Avenue Publishing)
[listen] [buy]

Andy Timmons Band
“Gone (9/11/01)”
Resolution
(Favored Nations)
[listen] [buy]

Ralph Towner
“If”
Time Line
(ECM Records)
[listen] [buy]

Anoushka Shankar
"Beloved"
Rise
(Angel)
[listen]

Amos Lee
"Arms Of A Woman"
Amos Lee
(Blue Note)
[listen]

Julius Curcio
"American Pie"
Alligator Shoes
(Electric Roots)
[listen] [buy]

Lemon
"Come Alive"
Changing Into Me
[listen] [buy]

Spotlights [Issue # 6 ]
Blind Boys Of Alabama: Get With The Spirit

By Lynne Bronstein


They've been singing gospel music for 61 years and have an impressive list of albums and accolades. But surprisingly, Go Tell It On The Mountain, the new Blind Boys of Alabama release on RealWorld Records, is their first Christmas album.

"We just felt the timing was right for this one," explains original Blind Boys member Clarence Fountain, speaking from a hotel stop on the group's current tour. "We love our record company - they've been very nice to us, treated us like we were somebody. So we didn't mind going into the studio and doing it."

Go Tell It On The Mountain offers a mix of traditional and modern Christmas tunes, with a lineup of guest stars including Tom Waits, Shelby Lynne, Chrissie Hynde, Mavis Staples, and Aaron Neville. Fountain credits the album's concept and song choices to producer John Chelew and RealWorld. "They know everybody and everybody knows them. They were able to get anybody whom they wanted."

With all these popular vocalists, not to mention top-flight musicians and arrangements that often rock, will gospel purists find the album too mainstream? "We tried to stay traditional and not get too far off the track about how the songs were supposed to go," says Clarence. "We could have had more gospel flavor if we had been singing all the tracks but mostly we just [added the backgrounds to] them." Still, the famous Blind Boys harmonies are in evidence on the album's opener "Last Month of the Year," and the final cut "Silent Night."

In regard to the oft-cited similarity of gospel to rock, Fountain observes: "Rock and roll came from gospel but gospel was here first. Everything else-blues, rock, jazz - it all springs from gospel. It's gonna be the thing you'll hear when you get to heaven."

It's been an incredible musical journey for the Blind Boys, whose five original members indeed met at a school for the blind. After years of singing on the gospel circuit, they've gained visibility (as well as four newer members). Their talent has won them Grammy awards, guest stints with other artists (such as RealWorld label-mate Peter Gabriel on his Up album), and appearances in the recent films Brother Bear and The Fighting Temptations. They've even completed their first music video, for "Last Month of The Year." And success has enabled them to "give back" by donating a percentage of the royalties from Go Tell It on the Mountain to the American Diabetes Foundation.

"All the good things have happened to us because we've got the Lord's blessing on us," says Fountain. While he hopes to continue to work, he admits that the group's three remaining core members, George Scott, Jimmy Carter, and himself, are "winding down," as they deal with problems of age and health. "The older you get the less you want to do these things. But we give it all our best and when the time comes we'll all go home and sit down and be quiet."


Go Tell It On The Mountain
Real World

Get With The Spirit Blind Boys Of Alabama Go Tell It On The Mountain


buy issue order article copy printer friendly email

print license web license buy music Blind Boys Of Alabama tickets


More OW Spotlights articles on
Dino Saluzzi & Anja Lechner Robert Glasper Tony Levin
Mike Stern Stefano Bollani Mick Fleetwood
Leon Gruenbaum Paul Stanley Stefon Harris
Dimitri Vassilakis Sarah Kelly Charlie Musselwhite
Cassandra Wilson Andy Timmons Charlie Hunter
Richard Butler Mimi Fox Sergio Mendes
Manu Katche Queensryche Sergio Mendes
Manu Katché Queensrÿche Marc Johnson
Neil Diamond Blues Traveler String Cheese Incident
Joe Zawinul Eric Johnson Teenage Fanclub
Shelby Lynne Al Green Babatunde Lea
Johnathan Rice Dom Minasi & Carol Mennie Rolando Villazón
Savina Yannatou Young Dubliners Tom Waits
Dianne Reeves Kasey Chambers Tears For Fears
Jarrett/Peacock/DeJohnette Paul Thorn Concrete Blonde
Jing Chi Angela McCluskey Morrissey
Tomasz Stanko Wilco Lila Downs
The Corrs Harald Weinkum Gipsy Kings
David Byrne Eliane Elias Patti Smith
Charlie Musselwhite Frank Gambale Dave Douglas
Norah Jones Robert Miles And Trilok Gurtu Lisa Gerrard/Patrick Cassidy
John Vanderslice Gerald Gradwohl Sarah McLachlan
Iggy Pop Al Green Living Colour
Greg Howe Sting Cesaria Evora
Randy Newman Cab Cassandra Wilson
Michael McDonald Jane's Addiction Annie Lennox
Ibrahim Ferrer The Thorns Etta James
Sco Lo Ho Fo Nick Cave Ry Cooder
Styx
 



About
| Contact | Jobs | Privacy Policy | Advertisers | Archives | Advertise | Subscribe
Listen To ONE WAY Virtual CD Music Online | New Releases | Upcoming Shows
| Music Webmaster Affiliate Program | Music Link Exchange | Music Bands, Links, Info

Find out more about music promotion through ONE WAY Magazine

   Copyright © 2006 ONE WAY Online. All rights reserved.


 


 


  Internet Links: