9 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, at Dosey Doe Coffee House, 25911 I-45 N. (The Woodlands), 281-367-3774 or www.doseydoe.com
Maybe the greatest gospel group ever assembled, the Blind Boys of Alabama have a list of awards and honors that would take up more space than allotted here. Formed in 1939, the group has done a command performance at the White House, sharing the bill with Bob Dylan. In recent years, they've become one of the darlings of the Americana Music Association and won so many Grammys, they're probably bored with the whole thing. Unlike many of the important gospel groups, the Blind Boys embrace secular music and have worked with people like late soul music giant Solomon Burke and Nashville über-producer Buddy Miller on a wide range of projects. After 71 years, Jimmy Carter is the only original member still working full time with the group, although Clarence Fountain tours occasionally, depending on his health. But the Blind Boys have never been about any particular member — they are a collective and a movement, no matter who's in the lineup. The group is currently touring in support of its latest recording, Take The High Road. Reports from their gigs in Nashville and New York City indicate that the Boys are just as awe-inspiring as they have ever been. This will be American music performed at its highest level.