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Paul Thorn & Blind Boys of Alabama

August 11, 2018 | 7PM

The 2018 Levitt National Tour presents a one-of-a-kind collaboration between acclaimed Southern raconteur Paul Thorn and his five-piece band and GRAMMY-winning gospel legends Blind Boys of Alabama. Billed as the “Mission Temple Fireworks Revival,” the show will include songs off of Thorn’s 2018 album Don’t Let The Devil Ride—which journeys through classic gospel, soul and spirituals, featuring guest vocals by Blind Boys of Alabama. Thorn is celebrated for his muscular brand of roots music—bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern American, while speaking universal truths. He has performed on major television shows like Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!; been the subject of numerous National Public Radio (NPR) features; charted multiple times on the Billboard Top 100 and Americana Radio Charts; and performed alongside living legends like Bonnie Raitt, Mark Knopfler, Sting, and John Prine. Co-headliner, Blind Boys of Alabama—dubbed “gospel titans” by Rolling Stone magazine—push musical boundaries with innovative approaches to traditional gospel and contemporary spirituals by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Blind Boys’ 75-plus-year career has been honored with five GRAMMY Awards, induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). They’ve recorded with fellow musical greats Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal. Blind Boys of Alabama have appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, The Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report and many other television shows. Levitt National Tour audiences are in for an electrifying evening of gospel meets blues meets rock!

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