The Blind Boys of Alabama at the Hawkins Amphitheater

Since 1939 The Blind Boys of Alabama have been entertaining their audiences with their blend of blues and gospel.

~Photos and story by David Rocco~

The Blind Boys of Alabama performed with The Paul Thorn Band Thursday night at Hawkins Amphitheater to a pretty much sold out house. It was unfortunate that Paul himself was unable to be here with the whole band due to a death in his Family earlier that day. The band itself was nothing but stellar. Their performance along with the Blind Boys was spectacular.

I think this was the 3rd or 4th time I have had the pleasure to see them Live and photograph them in the last 15yrs or so and they have not skipped a beat or even slowed down.

Although some of the members have passed on in the last few yrs. They still put on a great show. Through it all, the Blind Boy’s music has not only thrived, Helping both to define the sound of the American south and to push it forward through the 20th century into the 21st. The group has transcended barriers of race and genre to become one of the most acclaimed and celebrated groups in modern music.

Throughout the show they had the crowd clapping and singing along with them to numerous songs. At the end of the show, it was pretty cool to see them trying to get the crowd to get louder for an encore. They succeeded and they came back out and did another song with a Spectacular Sunset, ending the show.

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The Blind Boys of Alabama performed with The Paul Thorn was part of the month-long Artown Celebration.

Check out Artown’s website for more information on what is coming up for the rest of the month of July:

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