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The Blind Boys of Alabama to release Live in New Orleans concert DVD

January 8, 2009

February 24, 2009


Filmed During JazzFest 2008
As A Companion To
Critically Acclaimed, Grammy Nominated CD
Down In New Orleans

Fairfax, VA  (December 4, 2008) — Four-time Grammy winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will release a new DVD, Live In New Orleans, on February 24th.  The DVD was filmed at the historic Crescent City club Tipitina’s during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival earlier this year. Inspired by the Blind Boys’ critically acclaimed album Down in New Orleans, the DVD continues their heartfelt tribute to the Crescent City and includes guest appearances by old friend Susan Tedeschi as well as New Orleans-born acts the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Dr. John, Henry Butler and Marva Wright.

Live in New Orleans combines new songs and old favorites, with selections from the Down in New Orleans disc (just nominated for a Grammy award) performed alongside songs from the Blind Boys’ four Grammy-winning CDs as well as several classic gospel tunes.   The DVD also features bonus material: “The Making of Down in New Orleans” program which aired on BET earlier this year, and the music video for “Free at Last,” filmed in New Orleans.

The Blind Boys’ latest album, Down in New Orleans, was released on January 29th, a recording laden with hope and promise for the city still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.  The CD includes performances by some of the city’s finest musicians, including David Torkanowsky and The Hot 8 Brass Band.  “We may not be able to swing a hammer,” explains founding member Jimmy Carter, “but we hope we can help inspire folks with a song.”

The Washington Post said, “Inspired and relevant, [Down In New Orleans] borders on the miraculous.” USA Today praised the “rousing musical tribute to New Orleans,” Rolling Stone called it “A super weapon of roots-music uplift,” while the Toronto Sun gasped that the CD is “Inspirational.”

Not only known for their powerful and award winning CDs, the Blind Boys’ live concerts are legendary, packed with exuberance, passion and spirit. The Boston Globe observed, “In concert, the Blind Boys of Alabama still raise up their bluesy hallelujahs to rarefied soul-groove highs.”  

Blind Boys of Alabama are Jimmy Carter, Eric ‘Ricky’ McKinnie, Joey Williams, Tracy Pierce, Billy Bowers and Ben Moore.

About the Blind Boys:
The Blind Boys of Alabama thrill and inspire audiences the world over.  Formed in 1939, The Blind Boys still continue to create critically acclaimed recordings and reach new career heights even today.  In recent years the group has won FOUR consecutive Grammy Awards, were featured on “60 Minutes,” “Regis & Kelly,” “The Tonight Show”  and the “Late Show with David Letterman”, performed on the 2005 Grammy Awards telecast, and appeared in the 2003 movie “The Fighting Temptations” alongside Beyonce and Cuba Gooding Jr.  They sang a Phil Collins tune in Disney’s “Brother Bear” animated film, and were also the inspiration for the Steven Bochco TV series “Blind Justice.”  The Blind Boys have also been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and awarded the NEA’s Heritage Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement, as well as many other prestigious honors, earning them the true distinction of “living gospel legends.”

About Direct Holdings:
The DVD will be released on the new Saguaro Road Records label, launched earlier this year by Direct Holdings Americas Inc, the company that also markets and sells audio and video entertainment products under the Time Life trademark, which it uses under license from Time Warner Inc.  Time Life and the Time Life logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies, used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.  Headquartered in Fairfax VA, Direct Holdings Americas Inc.’s history began in 1961 as a direct marketing division of Time Incorporated specializing in music and books.  The business has been operated as a separate company since the mid-1970s when it relocated to Virginia, and has since grown to become one of the world’s largest direct marketers of audio and video products throughout North America, Europe and Australia.  The Company has set the standard in the direct response industry by pioneering direct marketing techniques and building one of the most trusted and recognized brands in commerce.  The Company now also sells its products through major traditional and non-traditional retailers around the world as well as via the Internet.  The Company was sold in 2003 to private investors. Saguaro Road Records is a trademark of Direct Holdings Americas Inc.  Launched in June 2008, the label has signed American music icons Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker and Dion.

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