September 3 2013
A few weeks back, we announced that the new album from Blind Boys of Alabama will be produced by Justin Vernon. The name of the album is called I'll Find A Way and will be released on September 30. Since the late 30s the Blind Boys of Alabama have released over 60 albums (both live and studio). One might think this is unusual for Eau Claire's Justin Vernon to produce an album by a gospel group; however you are wrong.
As a teenager, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon dreamed of working with his heroes, except his weren’t the typical heroes for a kid growing up in the Midwest during the 1990s. When his friends were getting into punk and hip-hop, the seventeen-year-old Vernon was obsessed with gospel music. As teenagers, he and his best friend—and future band mate—Phil Cook steeped themselves in its sound and history, devouring every record they could get their hands on: Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, the Swan Silvertones, the Dixie Hummingbirds, Mahalia Jackson. (via Amazon)
The album was recorded and produced in Vernon's studio April Base, and a short documentary was made about the process. You can watch it below and get excited for the release of the album.