More than a gospel institution, the Blind Boys of Alabama are a cultural force that has swept up musicians from every stylistic precinct, including Prince, Willie Nelson, Lou Reed, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper. With five Grammy Awards (including one for lifetime achievement) and a sumptuous repertoire of soaring anthems, the group is a gospel standard bearer that has crossed over without adopting secular songs. Blind Boys of Alabama will be bringing their celebrated new album to Milwaukee this November with a very special guest My Brightest Diamond.
Justin Vernon of Bon Iver recorded the forthcoming I’ll Find A Way with the Blind Boys at his April Base studio in Wisconsin. Vernon and Megafaun’s Phil Cook picked the songs for the album, and the tracklist, which you’ll find below, runs from gospel traditionals to covers of Bob Dylan and Field Report songs. Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs guests on one song, as do Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, and White Hinterland’s Casey Dienel. Vernon also sings.