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Blind Boys of Alabama Gear Up for 'Jubilee' – Song Premiere

Patty Griffin sings with gospel veterans on new track

The Blind Boys of Alabama
Cameron Wittig
September 18, 2013 9:00 AM ET

Click to listen to Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Patty Griffin's "Jubilee"

The Blind Boys of Alabama haven't lost their spark over their seven-plus decade, and on their new track "Jubilee," the veteran gospel group finds bliss with Patty Griffin. "Are you ready for jubilee to come?" sing Griffin and the Boys over rambunctious piano and a smoldering call-and-response free-for-all. But that joy comes at price: material possessions and dear friends must be left behind. "Are you ready to turn in the keys to your mansion?" asks Griffin.

Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Producing Blind Boys of Alabama Album

"Jubilee" will be on the Blind Boys of Alabama's upcoming album, I'll Find a Way, produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver. The album is due out October 1st, and is available for pre-order here.

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