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The Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out their upcoming album, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," due Sept. 16 via Real World Records. The disc will be the legendary voThe Blind Boys Of Alabama have recruited a star-studded cast to help fill out their upcoming album, "Go Tell It on the Mountain," due Sept. 16 via Real World Records. The disc will be the legendary vocal group's first holiday album and third overall for Real World, following 2001's "Spirit of the Century" and last year's "Higher Ground."
The guest lineup includes Tom Waits, Chrissie Hynde, Aaron Neville, Solomon Burke, Mavis Staples, George Clinton, Shelby Lynne, Richard Thompson, Robert Randolph, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael Franti and Les McCann. Backing the Boys on most of the tracks are organist John Medeski, guitarist Duke Robillard, bassist Danny Thompson and drummer Michael Jerome
Hynde and Richard Thompson join the group for "In the Bleak Midwinter." Neville helps out with "Joy to the World," while Lynne lends her pipes to "The Christmas Song" and Ndegeocello chimes in for "O Come All Ye Faithful." Franti makes his contribution to "Little Drummer Boy" and Waits appears on the title track.
A portion of the royalties from "Go Tell It on the Mountain" will go toward awareness and research for diabetes, a disease which affects three of the Blind Boys. The group also plans to donate $5,000 to the American Diabetes Association next year at the organization's summer convention.
To support the album's release and celebrate the holiday season, the group is planning a end-of-year tour of major U.S. markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.