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Saturday 27th July 2013

Clarence Fountain still recording with the Blind Boys Of Alabama

THE NEW album by gospel veterans the Blind Boys Of Alabama will be released by Sony Masterworks on 1st October. 'I'll Find A Way' was produced by Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver). The group, now consisting of Jimmy Carter, Eric 'Ricky' McKinnie, Joey Williams, Tracy Pierce, Ben Moore and newest addition Paul Beasley, recorded the album in rural Wisconsin. The group found a way of featuring their former lead singer Clarence Fountain on the album. When serious health problems requiring weekly kidney dialysis prevented Fountain from touring with the other members of the group and couldn't travel to the Wisconsin sessions, the Blind Boys recorded Fountain's vocals in Birmingham and added them to the mix. Said Jimmy Carter, "That's an important part, that bass under everything. He gave those songs a true Blind Boys bottom. We wouldn't want to do a Blind Boys project without including Clarence. He will always be a Blind Boy even if he's not out on the road with us." CR

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