Take the High Road

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Billed as the Blind Boys of Alabama's country-gospel album, Take the High Road has a valuable pedigree from a country standpoint: it was recorded in Nashville with a cream-of-the-crop cast of musicians, and it features appearances from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, and the Oak Ridge Boys. It also finds young country star Jamey Johnson in the production chair, a development that came after the Blind Boys performed with him at an Alabama Music Hall of Fame ceremony and they decided to record together. (All of which begs the question of when their rock album with Drive-By Truckers is due.) The songs are a baker's dozen of country/gospel classics,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Billed as the Blind Boys of Alabama's country-gospel album, Take the High Road has a valuable pedigree from a country standpoint: it was recorded in Nashville with a cream-of-the-crop cast of musicians, and it features appearances from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, and the Oak Ridge Boys. It also finds young country star Jamey Johnson in the production chair, a development that came after the Blind Boys performed with him at an Alabama Music Hall of Fame ceremony and they decided to record together. (All of which begs the question of when their rock album with Drive-By Truckers is due.) The songs are a baker's dozen of country/gospel classics, and since the roots of country and gospel are so entwined, this is no fusion record. It's an honest trip through the best that Southern gospel and country have to offer, full of the songs that have been sung for generations -- even the Blind Boys themselves have sung Hank Williams, Sr.'s "I Saw the Light" many times before. Of the songs with guest vocalists, Lee Ann Womack is the surprise winner, bringing just the right notes of contrition and redemption to "I Was a Burden." Hank Williams, Jr. makes his father's "I Saw the Light" shine as well, and the songs with the Blind Boys leading only a light accompaniment fare best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2011
  • Label: Saguaro Road Records
  • UPC: 610583396720
  • Catalog Number: 26393
  • Sales rank: 9,628

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take the High Road - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:48)
  2. 2 Jesus, Hold My Hand - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:30)
  3. 3 Have Thine Own Way, Lord - Jamey Johnson (3:57)
  4. 4 I Was a Burden - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:47)
  5. 5 Can You Give Me a Drink? - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:26)
  6. 6 Family Bible - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:46)
  7. 7 Jesus Built a Bridge To Heaven - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:53)
  8. 8 I Know a Place - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:47)
  9. 9 Why Don't You Live So God Can Use You - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:50)
  10. 10 Lead Me Home - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:56)
  11. 11 Stand By Me - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:32)
  12. 12 I Saw the Light - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (3:18)
  13. 13 The Last Mile of the Way - Five Blind Boys of Alabama (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blind Boys of Alabama Primary Artist
Clarence Fountain Guest Appearance
Glen Duncan Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin
Mickey Raphael Harmonica
Chad Cromwell Drums
Kevin Grantt Bass
Cowboy Eddie Long Pedal Steel Guitar
Reggie Young Electric Guitar
Billy Bowers Group Member
Randy Kohrs Dobro
Howard Johnson Bass (Vocal)
Jim "Moose" Brown Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano
Joey Williams Group Member
Tracy Pierce Group Member
Eric "Ricky" McKinnie Group Member
Ben Moore Group Member
Jimmy Carter Group Member
Technical Credits
Glen Duncan Composer
Claude Gray Composer
Walt Breeland Composer
Paul Buskirk Composer
Chad Cromwell Arranger, Composer, Producer
Kevin Grantt Arranger, Composer, Producer
Randy LeRoy Mastering
McKinley Morganfield Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Bob Delevante Cover Design
Chet Flippo Liner Notes
Albert E. Brumley Composer
Jerry Salley Composer
Randy Kohrs Composer
T.W. Cargile Engineer
Chris Goldsmith Arranger, Producer
Danny Flowers Composer
Traditional Composer
Randy Houser Composer
Five Blind Boys of Alabama Arranger
Mike Jason Executive Producer
Olivia Kim Editorial Research
Wesley Fontenot Engineer
Charles Driebe Executive Producer
George Huff Composer
Jamey Johnson Arranger, Producer
Craig Monday Composer
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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    LOVE - TAKE THE HIGH ROAD!!!!!

    Leave it to the Blind Boys - they continue to re-invent their music. These BOYS really know how to sing!

    Just heard the Blind Boys at The Sydney Opera House and they were amazing.

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