The Blind Boys Of Alabama’s I’ll Find A Way, produced By Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) will be released on October 1,2013.
The album was recorded at Vernon’s rural Wisconsin April Base Studios (where he also recorded the 2012 Grammy-winning album, Bon Iver). I’ll Find A Way features special guest appearances by tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus, My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, and Casey Dienel of White Hinterland.
I’ll Find A Way contains eleven songs chosen by Vernon and his band member Phil Cook, that range from civil rights and traditional gospel anthems to a revamping of 2012’s ‘I Am Not Waiting Anymore’ by Field Report.
The album also features a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Every Grain of Sand’ on which Vernon sings a duet with the Blind Boys’ leader, Jimmy Carter.
Vernon is reported on the Blind Boy’s website as saying, “Jimmy and I are coming from such different places and yet we’re singing about the same thing. There are two perspectives in that song and they’re colliding.”
“It’s not just singing,” explained the 82-year-old Carter about the album. “We’re bringing the message to the people and that message is the good news of God. We sing from the heart, and what comes from the heart reaches the heart. If you have any feeling in you, you will feel the Blind Boys.”
I’ll Find A Way is the follow-up to 2011’s Take The High Road and marks the Blind Boy’s ninth studio album since 2000. In the last ten years alone they have won five Grammys and four Gospel Music Awards.
The Blind Boys are currently preparing for an international tour in support of their new record.