The Blind Boys of Alabama’s latest release, Down In New Orleans, has been nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.
Released on January 29th, Down in New Orleans represents the band’s desire to bring hope to the still-storm-ravaged city and includes performances by some of New Orleans’ finest, including Allen Toussaint, The Hot 8 Brass Band, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. “We may not be able to swing a hammer,” explains founding member Jimmy Carter, “but we hope we can help inspire folks with a song.”
Produced by Chris Goldsmith, The Washington Post said of the record, "Inspired and relevant, [Down In New Orleans] borders on the miraculous." USA Today praised the "rousing musical tribute to New Orleans," Rolling Stone called it “A super weapon of roots-music uplift,” while the Toronto Sun gasped that the CD is “Inspirational."
The Blind Boys are currently on their Christmas tour and will be on tour throughout 2009 including performing the National Anthem at the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 5.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
It snowed this morning here in New Orleans. Nobody was sure what to do for the first few hours. But then it stopped and everybody got back to work because it became just wet, cold and nasty. But it was gorgeous while it lasted! Here's some photos of the Preservation Hall courtyard and the French Quarter. Stay warm! all photos by Erin Alexander
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Gonna be in New Orleans for the Holidays? Join us on Christmas Eve for New Orleans style Holiday Music featuring Lars Edegran and The St. Peter Street Allstars with vocalist Big Al Carson. There's 2 concerts, one at 2pm and the other at 4pm. Call (504)522-2841 to reserve tickets for you and your family. Happy Holidays!
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