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Multi-Grammy winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama continue to master the art of genre shape-shifting on their forthcoming record, Atom Bomb,by unearthing a new cluster of pop tunes and traditional inspirational cuts and turning them inside out.
One dramatic step is the groups first ever foray into hip-hop with the track Demons, featuring an original rap by The Gift of Gab from Blackalicious whose own music is rooted in spirituality. The Blind Boys wanted to prove that spirituality transcends genre and with The Gift of Gabs passionately delivered rhyme riding atop the group's smooth harmonies, the blend is irresistible. Demons originally appeared on Fatboy Slims 2000 CD Halfway Between the Gutter and the Stars, and was co-written by Slim and Macy Gray.
The Blind Boys bluesy remake of traditional tune Faith & Grace features the gritty guitar accompaniment of David Hidalgo from Los Lobos and also continues the burgeoning relationship between the group and Hollywood. The song will be featured on the soundtrack for the HBO movie, Lakawanna Blues, a film co-executive produced by Oscar winner Halle Berry. Youll also hear a song from their Spirit of the Century album on an upcoming episode of HBOs Deadwood. The Blind Boys songs have already been used on
ABCs hit tv series, Lost, HBOs The Wire, and Disneys animated feature film Brother Bear and they delivered an on-camera performance for the Paramount film The Fighting Temptations.
Another standout is Moses featuring the legendary Charlie Musselwhite on harmonica. A song from the deep folk spiritual tradition popular during The Blind Boys youth, it finds them coming full circle and honoring their roots with one of their most raw and intimate performances yet.