About seven years ago, I had the pleasure of chatting with Jimmy Carter, the de facto lead vocalist of the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, before a concert the gospel collective performed in Northern California. In his late 80s at the time, Carter's overarching vitality spoke volumes of the persistence of the Blind Boys, and made plain the reasons for the ensemble's many accolades, performances, Grammy Awards, and legions of fans. That the group is still on the road performing—after several incarnations spanning, get this, nine decades
—sets the bar sky high for up-and-comers. The group is breathtaking in a live setting to boot, and within the intimacy of Mississippi Studios, this should be a special evening. File under: must see. RYAN J. PRADO Also see My, What a Busy Week!