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Fowler Center Series rings in the holiday season
with the Blind Boys of Alabama's Christmas show Dec. 8
Nov. 6, 2009 --
The Fowler Center
Series presents its fourth event of the 2009-10 season in Riceland Hall
on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., when it presents the Gospel Music Hall
of Fame legends, the Blind Boys
of Alabama, in their Christmas show, “Go Tell It On the Mountain.”
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center, is located at 201 Olympic Drive,
Jonesboro. This performance is also part of the
Presentation Series, which was
established to assure
high-quality presentations in conjunction with the Fowler Center Series.
An advisory committee meets semi-annually to evaluate the presentation
series objectives, effectiveness of promotion and presentation of the
series, and then selects four presentations to display its Distinguished
Formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind some six and a half
decades ago, the Blind Boys of Alabama are the Iron Men of the music
industry. They predate Elvis, Little Richard, and Al Green, and yet even
in their 70s, they are still at the top of the gospel charts.
huge gospel sensation back in the 1940s and ‘50s, the Blind Boys—led by
founding members Clarence
Fountain, Jimmy Carter, and George Scott—moved into the mainstream in
2001 with the first of three consecutive Grammy-winning recordings,
“Spirit of the Century,” a blend of gospel, blues, soul, and folk that
won Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album. It became the best-selling album
of the Blind Boys’ career, and it turned these septuagenarians into folk
heroes in hipster circles, landing them the opening slot on Peter
Gabriel’s 2002 worldwide arena tour.
Further acclaim and another Grammy win for Best Traditional Soul Gospel
Album followed in 2002 with the release of “Higher Ground,” which
included songs penned by Jimmy Cliff, Prince, Ben Harper (who added
vocals and guitar), Stevie Wonder, and Curtis Mayfield. That same year,
the Blind Boys were inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and
presented with the Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association for Best
Traditional Gospel Album.
In 2003, The Blind Boys scored their
third consecutive Grammy win for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album for
“Go Tell It On the Mountain,” already considered a holiday
classic. A concert version of the album, featuring many of the guests
from the CD, was also featured on PBS as a 2004 Christmas special.
The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to thrill and inspire
audiences the world over, creating critically acclaimed recordings and
reaching new career heights even today. The group has been featured on
“60 Minutes,” “Regis & Kelly,” “The Tonight Show,” and the “Late Show
with David Letterman.” They have performed on the 2005 Grammy Awards
telecast and appeared in the 2003 movie “The Fighting Temptations”
alongside Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr.
As the group has reached new levels of respect, acclaim, and commercial
success, one thing has remained--the group’s mission to do God’s work in
new and inspiring ways. In doing so, they are not only expanding the
very definitions of gospel and soul, but also bolstering a legacy that
is unmatched by any other traditional artists that have remained true to
the gospel path.
Their induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and their
National Endowment for the Arts Heritage Fellowship for Lifetime
Achievement only confirms that the Blind Boys of Alabama have earned the
true distinction of “living gospel legends.”
Visit the Blind Boys
of Alabama online (http://www.blindboys.com/index.html),
learn more about the
individual members of the group (http://www.blindboys.com/about.html),
and listen to them
online, too (http://www.blindboys.com/sounds.html).
Ticket prices are $30 and $20 for adults; $24 and $16 for ASU faculty
and staff; $23 and $15 for senior adults and K-12 students; and $10 and
$6 for ASU students. Tickets for all Fowler Center Series events may be
purchased by calling 870-972-2781 or 1-888-278-3267, or
www.yourfowlercenter.com. On performance evenings, the box
office in Fowler Center opens one hour prior to the event.
additional information or call Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471.