Blind Boys of Alabama
National Hispanic Cultural Center - Journal Theatre
1701 4th St SW
Albuquerque NM 87102
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Tickets cost $36, $44 and $51 (plus applicable service charges). Tickets are available from the NHCC Box Office (in person and by phone - (505) 724-4771).
Hailed as "gospel titans" by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys of Alabama first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single, "I Can See Everybody’s Mother But Mine," on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards (plus one for Lifetime Achievement), enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world's most prestigious stages.
It would be difficult to overstate the Blind Boys' influence on their contemporaries and the generations that came after. The New York Times said that they "came to epitomize what is known as jubilee singing, a livelier breed of gospel music," adding that "they made it zestier still by adding jazz and blues idioms and turning up the volume, creating a sound... like the rock 'n' roll that grew out of it." Time Magazine raved that "they're always hunting for—and finding—the perfect note or harmony that lifts an old tune into the sublime," while the Washington Post praised their "soul-stirring harmonies" and "range of cross-genre collaborations," and the New Yorker simply called them "legendary."
This holiday season, the Blind Boys of Alabama are touring in support of their latest Christmas album, Talkin' Christmas! That album features blues legend Taj Mahal and includes several original holiday songs. This special concert will include songs from the Talkin’ Christmas! album as well as the band's previous Grammy-winning Christmas recording, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," along with Blind Boys' Gospel classics and other gems from a 70-plus-year career.
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