Gospel music group The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, in the Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center at Fort Hays State University.
In recent years, The Blind Boys have proven themselves to be masters of the spiritual aspects of mainstream music. They have a knack for bringing music from the church straight to the roadhouse. The group is currently in its seventh generation as musicians predating Elvis, Little Richard and Al Green. Even in their 70s they are still at the top of the gospel charts and have earned impressive "three-peat" honors by winning consecutive Grammy Awards for the past three years.
Group members include Jimmy Carter, vocalist; Bishop Billy Bowers, vocalist; Ben Moore, vocalist; Eric (Ricky) McKinnie, drummer; Joey Williams, lead guitar; and Tracy Pierce, bass.
In the past five years, they have recorded renditions of songs by everyone from Tom Waits to Prince along with their own traditional material. They have also appeared as guests on records and on stage with an equally diverse array of artists from Peter Gabriel to Ben Harper.
For more information on The Blind Boys of Alabama, go to www.blindboys.com or contact Carol Brock, director of student activities, at (785) 628-4664 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.