The Blind Boys of Alabama: Live in New Haven, CT
I was lucky enough to catch the Blind Boys of Alabama with my old man on Saturday night. I'll include some pictures and video I was able to take at the show below. A bit of history: The Blind Boys originated in the late 1930s at an institute for the blind in Alabama, and have been cranking out beautiful gospel songs ever since. There are two surviving members: Clarence Fountain and Jimmy Carter (not the president, but he's cool too).
The Blind Boys put on a heck of a show, and possess a remarkable amount of energy for fellas their age. It's amazing to think that Fountain and Carter have been singing together since the onset of World War II. They've seen America change. They only thing that hasn't changed in their sense of humor, deep spirituality, and their uncanny ability to put on an amazing live performance. When the curtains were pulled back and the Blind Boys took the stage, Carter stood up, took hold of the mic, and belted out a heart wrenching rendition of their newest song "Almost Home". Below, you can view the best version of the song I could find online:
Carter has quite a presence at stage. At once point, he made his way into the crowd and danced, with his right hand man, Mr. Fountain, cheering him on. Below, you'll find some pictures/video I was able to get at the show. Thanks Blind Boys- for warming up a December night in New England.
|Carter in the crowd|