Generation-bridging blues-gospel collaboration

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Ben Harper & The Blind Boys Of Alabama – There Will Be A Light

After guesting on the last two Blind Boys Of Alabama albums, Ben Harper has now recorded a full-length collaboration with the world’s oldest group, which amazingly still includes survivors from the original 1940s line-up. It’s as inspirational as you would expect such a blues-gospel summit to be. Harper contributes stinging slide guitar and adds his own distinctive vocals to those of the magnificent Clarence Fountain and his Alabama veterans on material that ranges from the traditional “Satisfied Mind” to contemporary Harper compositions, via a stripped-down and sparse version of Dylan’s little-known “Well, Well, Well” (co-written with Danny O’Keefe).