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10 August, 2017Print

NPR First Listen Streams New Blind Boys Of Alabama Album ‘Almost Home’ Ahead Of August 18 Release

NPR First Listen Streams New Blind Boys Of Alabama Album 'Almost Home' Ahead Of August 18 Release Through Amazon Music

Blind Boys To Join Irma Thomas And The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet On 'The Heart And Soul Queen Of New Orleans Tour'

Almost Home’ – the new album from “gospel titans” (Rolling Stone) Blind Boys of Alabama – is streaming now in full via NPR First Listen, a week ahead of its August 18 release on BBOA Records through Amazon Music. Coming almost seventy years after the group released its first single, ‘Almost Home’ serves as a fitting capstone to a career that has helped define the sound of American music. NPR calls the album “a fire The Blind Boys tend with authority and diligence,” listen here:

Starting August 18, ‘Almost Home’ will be available to stream exclusively on Amazon Music – both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music, in addition to its exclusive availability as a digital download and physical release. Pre-order the Amazon Original album, Almost Home, at:

‘Almost Home’ was recorded with four different Grammy-winning producers, in four different cities, and serves as a musical memoir, telling stories from the lives of original founding members Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain (both now in their eighties), through new, original songs written by Valerie June, North Mississippi Allstars, John Leventhal, Marc Cohn, and others.


The Blind Boys will tour extensively this fall, including a lengthy run with ‘The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans Tour,’ where they’ll join Crescent City legends Irma Thomas and The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet. Full itinerary below.

Since the original members first sang together as children in the late 1930s, the Blind Boys of Alabama have persevered to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. In addition to receiving five Grammy Awards (plus one for Lifetime Achievement), they are members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, and have collaborated with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Prince, to Lou Reed and Bon Iver.

The Blind Boys of Alabama 2017 Tour Dates:
12-Aug Winnipeg, CAN at the Winnipeg BBQ & Blues
9-Sep Bowling Green, OH at the Black Swamp Arts Fest
14-Sep Nashville, TN at AmericanaFest
15-Sep Lone Tree, CO at the Lone Tree Arts Center
16-Sep Telluride, CO at Telluride Blues & Brews Festival
23-Sep Vancouver, CAN at the Chan Centre

30-Sep Rohnert Park, CA at the Weill Hall Legacy*
1-Oct Folsom, CA at the Harris Center for the Arts*
2-Oct Berkeley, CA at Freight & Salvage*
3-Oct Santa Cruz, CA at the Rio Theatre*
5-Oct Solana Beach, CA at the Belly Up*
7-Oct Phoenix, AZ at Musical Instrument Museum*
8-Oct Tucson, AZ at the Fox Tucson Theatre*
10-Oct Santa Fe, NM at the Lensic PAC*
11-Oct Midland, TX at the Wagner Noel PAC*
17-Oct Oklahoma City, OK Tower Theatre*
20-Oct Fairfield, IA at the Fairfield Convention Center*
21-Oct Davenport, IA at the Adler Theatre*
22-Oct Milwaukee, WI at the Miller High Life Theatre*
23-Oct Minneapolis, MN at the Guthrie Theatre*
25-Oct Findlay, OH at the Marathon Center*
26-Oct Notre Dame, IN at the Leighton Concert Hall*
27-Oct Chicago, IL at the Symphony Center*
28-Oct Clinton Township, MI at the Macomb Center*
29-Oct Detroit, MI at the Music Hall of Detroit*
1-Nov Wilmington, DE at the Grand Opera House*
2-Nov Binghampton, NY at the Osterhout Concert Theatre*
3-Nov Boston, MA at the Berklee Performance Center*
4-Nov Bloomsburg, PA at the Haas Center for the Arts*
5-Nov Greenvale, NY at the Tilles Center*
7-Nov Toms River, NJ at the Grunin Center*
8-Nov Pittsburgh, PA at the Byham Theater*
9-Nov Winchester, VA at Armstrong Concert Hall
10-Nov Winchester, VA at the Armstrong Concert Hall*
11-Nov Richmond, VA at the Camp Concert Hall*
12-Nov North Bethesda, MD at the Music Center at Strathmore*
13-Nov Durham, NC at the Carolina Theatre*
16-Nov Atlanta, GA at the Emerson Concert Hall*
17-Nov Irmo, SC at the Harbison Theater*
19-Nov Daytona Beach, FL at the Peabody Auditorium*
20-Nov The Villages, FL at the Morse Performing Arts Center*
21-Nov St. Petersburg, FL at the Mahaffey Theater*
3-Dec Peekskill, NY at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater#
10-Dec Great Barrington, MA at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center#
15-Dec Orange, CA Musco Center at Chapman#
16-Dec Santa Barbara, CA UCSB Campbell Hall#
17-Dec Los Angeles, CA Theatre at The Ace Hotel#
19-Dec San Luis Obispo, CA Christopher Cohan Center#
21-Dec Edmonds, WA Edmonds Center for the Arts#
22-Dec Bremerton, WA Admiral Theatre#

*“The Heart and Soul Queen of New Orleans Tour” featuring Irma Thomas and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet

#With The Preservation Hall Legacy Horns


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