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The initial release of Go Tell It on the Mountain was followed by a tour which included special guests who sang or performed on the CD. In December 2003, a special holiday concert was held at the historic Beacon Theater in New York City, along with vocal guests Aaron Neville, Chrissie Hynde, Mavis Staples and Michael Franti, as well as musical guests Robert Randolph, Charlie Musselwhite, Duke Robilliard, and ace keyboard player John Medeski. PBS filmed that show and it will be presented as a Holiday special entitled BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA - GO TELL IT ON THE MOUN TAIN as part of their December 2004 pledge drive (check local listings). The program will air nationally between Dec. 4- 14. The program features a mix of gospel standards, such as "Down By The Riverside" and "Amazing Grace," as well as holiday songs chosen in collaboration with the guests. Mavis Staples joins us on "Born in Bethlehem," a song she learned as a child; Chrissie Hynde performs "In the Bleak Midwinter," a traditional English Christmas song; and Aaron Neville sings "Joy to the World." There's also the holiday classic "Little Drummer Boy," with spoken word by Michael Franti. You will be able to purchase a DVD copy of the concert with your pledge to PBS.