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The Gospel Side of the Blind Boys of Alabama

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Album Review

This is a collection of tunes from the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring the sanctified soul vocals of the great Clarence Fountain, drawn from their stay at HOB Records. Highlights include the infectious opening track, "Set Down, Rest Awhile," and the hard testifying "Lord, Search My Heart."

Biography

Formed: 1937 in Talladega, AL

Genre: Inspirational

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although the Blind Boys of Alabama have been singing gospel music for more than five decades, it's only recently that the've had the benefit of a major record company behind them. Led by founding member Clarence Fountain, the group has also featured Eric McKinney, George Scott, Caleb Butler, Johnny Fields, Jimmy Carter, Joey Williams, Donald Dillion, and Aubrey Blount. From their inception in the 1930s, when all were boys, the group's members turned their blindness into their chief selling point,...
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