Legendary gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama new album Take the High Road will have a familiar voice in the background. Country singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson not only produced the new album, he sings back up on some of the album’s gorgeous hymns.
The album will include gospel favorites such as Have Thine Own Way, Lord, I Saw the Light and I Know A Place. Several renowned artists make guest appearances throughout the album including Hank Williams Jr., Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson and the Oak Ridge Boys.
“It was a lot of fun,” Johnson says. “We would play a song that we thought would be a sure fit and look around and not see any reaction. But if we played one that we saw heads bobbing and people singing along, we knew that it would be the next song we were about to go in and cut.”
Johnson had a way of making the recording sessions fun and memorable. He invited George Jones and Bill Anderson to stop by and spend time with the band. Johnson also took the Blind Boys of Alabama to Tootsies and Station Inn. Jimmy Carter of the BBA says he will never forget the experience of singing on stage at Tootsies, “That was a great, great moment in my life. And Jamey later took me to the Station Inn, where I sang along with Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers.”
Blind Boys’ Ricky McKinnie gave high praise to their producer, “Jamey allowed us to be able to work with some of the people we’ve always wanted to work with, and his spirit has been one that has touched the Blind Boys. I feel like what is from the heart will reach the heart.”
See video from the Blind Boys of Alabama’s Take the High Road listening party here: