Making their Pickathon debut this Summer, we are pleased to host The Blind Boys Of Alabama for two nights during our 20th annual festival weekend – joining us on both Saturday August 4 & Sunday August 5. This will be a pair of very special performances, in fact, once-in-a-lifetime for many of us lucky enough to be there.
The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world.
It should also be stated that of everyone we’ve ever brought to Pickathon over the past 20 years, this is without a doubt one of the top 3 most important bookings. It is with great honor that we are able to make this happen, and look forward to having them join us at Pendarvis Farm this Summer.