The Blind Boys Of Alabama had been at it for 57 years before 'Spirit Of The Century' garnered them their first Grammy Award as 2001's "Best Traditional Soul Gospel Performance." Taking such popular fare as "Just Wanna See His Face" (Rolling Stones), "Way Down In The Hole" (the Tom Waits theme to "The Wire"), "Give A Man A Home" (Ben Harper) as well as classics like "Amazing Grace" and "Motherless Child," the 10-track album was a jewel, a long out-of-print jewel. Until now.
Although popularized Grammy winners typically come in the form of major music artists like Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé or Adele, every so often a Broadway musical releases a cast album with so much recognition that it pushes the entire production to center stage.
Legendary musician Stevie Wonder will be the focus of a televised Grammy tribute concert that will air one week after the 57th annual Grammy Awards in February. Titled "Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life," the tribute will feature what the Recording Academy has billed as "some of the biggest names in music today" performing his many hits and reflecting upon his legacy. The special will be two hours long and taped two days after the Grammys in Los Angeles and will air on CBS Feb. 16 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. The artists who will be featured in the tribute have yet to be announced, but it is to be expected that the show will include many performers and presenters who will appear at the awards show. Last year, the Grammys honored The Beatles in "The Beatles: The Night that Changed America," with performances from The Eurythmics, Alicia Keys and John Legend.
Folk outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops have been so lauded for their interpretations of old-time string band music--fiddle, banjo, acoustic guitar, oh my!--the Brooklyn Academy of Music is now inviting them to back up Twyla Tharp.