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Blind Boys of Alabama - Take The High Road
CD Review by: Jim Moulton - CSO Staff Journalist
5/15/11

The iconic gospel group, The Blind Boys Of Alabama with the help of some Nashville Cats, put out a CD that is a real good Spirit filled listen, co-produced by Jamey Johnson, it has the famous recognizable sound of the Blind Boys with the addition of the Nashville Sound. Adding a little Nashville to a project is usually a good thing and it sure works here with the help of Jamey, Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack , and some great Nashville musicians. The video below shows some joyful moments in Nashvilles' RCA Studio.
 
The title track, "Take The High Road", is a great song with The help of The Oak Ridge Boys, The Blind Boys bringing some fun and good ole joy to the studio.  A great relaxed sounding production with a live vibe, Jamey Johnson shows brilliance in his help with production. He had just met the Blind Boys at a gig and they hit it off right away, I think that you will be glad they did. Jamey shows another side of himself that is confident and full of musical intelligence. Johnson's song with the Boys, "Have Thine Own Way", is a very good version of an old familiar song. Willie Nelson does "Family Bible" with the group sounding  like himself. Hank Williams Jr. does a song his Dad wrote a long way back, "I Saw The Light", great version. Lee Ann Womack's "I Was A Burden" is stellar. Womack is a country super star that is unusual in the fact that she has stuck to the classic stuff like George Straight. Vince Gill sounds great on his song with the Blind Boys called "Give Me A Drink". 

The CD is called Take The High Road and is available now on Saguaro Records. Check out the great youtube coverage and I think that you will agree this is another winner for both Jamey Johnson and The Blind Boys. I must admit, I was wrong on my first take of Jamey, He is the real deal.

 
 

 


 

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