The Blind Boys of Alabama have a new disc out, Higher Ground. The Blind Boys are a gospel/blues band that’s been around since 1939, and amazingly, three original members still record with them. The new record covers Prince, Funkadelic, Jimmy Cliff, Stevie Wonder (“Higher Ground,” duh), and Curtis Mayfield. Clarence Fountain, one of the three remaining founders, is on NPR’s Weekend Edition right now discussing the record, and the song snippets are beautiful, especially their cover of Mayfield’s “People Get Ready.” (Click out to the CD Now page, and you can hear song snippets of every track.)
This is beautiful music. I might have to pop out later today and pick up a copy.