If you haven't heard the sweet-as-sweet-potato-pie sound of The Blind Boys of Alabama, your life is yet unfulfilled. But fret not, there's still time to save your soul, or at least the part that aches for the roof-raising sound of Earth-bound angels. The boys are scheduled to take to the stage of the Egyptian Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
Founded at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939, the Blind Boys toured for nearly 40 years on what was then called the chitlin' circuit, performing in churches, revival tents and black-only nightclubs. The Blind Boys performed at benefits for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1960s and were rediscovered in an off-Broadway show in the 1980s. They have since recorded with Lou Reed, Ben Harper, Tom Petty and Prince, and have won five Grammy Awards.[ Video is no longer available. ]