THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA ~ THURSDAY, SEPT. 26, 7:30 p.m., Toy F. Reid Center, Kingsport

'The Blind Boys of Alabama did not preach ( not a word from the Bible was quoted ) , lecture or divide. What they did do was uplift, spiritualize and embrace everyone in the room with such sincerity, heart and soul that even the hardest heart would have to be won over. You can argue about faith, religion and varieties all you want but the Blind Boys demonstrated what it is.'

                                                                                            – Vern Hester

The Blind Boys of Alabama first got together at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939 and performed for nearly 40 years on the black gospel circuit, performing in churches and venues around the country. Since then, the group has had 30 albums, won five Grammys and four Dove Awards, has been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, performed for three presidents at the White House and has been featured on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Today Show, CBS Saturday Morning, 60 Minutes and Austin City Limits. They have performed at Carnegie Hall and with other artists including Prince, Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Allen Toussaint, Ben Harper and Jamey Johnson.  

The Blind Boys are known the world wide for their interpretations of traditional and non-traditional gospel favorites. Their roof- and spirit-raising live shows appeal to audiences of all cultures and musical interests, as evidenced by appearances at festivals and other events in Morocco, London, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Denmark, Italy, France, Germany, Lebanon, Finland, Belgium, Scotland, Turkey and across the U.S. For more, visit the group's website.

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This event is a partnership between Mary B, Martin School of the Arts & Engage Kingsport.

TICKETS: $20 general/$15 senior 60+/$5 all students

For ticket information, call 423.392.8414 or visit



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