The Blind Boys of Alabama & Taj Mahal celebrate the season by “Talkin’ Christmas!” This summit meeting of two American music icons includes new versions of Christmas standards, covers of hidden gospel gems, and seven brand-new holiday songs – six of which are the first Christmas songs ever penned by the Blind Boys themselves!
The result of this collaboration is a refreshingly humble approach to the holidays, focusing on the true spirit of the season with pure joy, great voices and the ‘all-are-welcome’ message that has been the signature of the Blind Boys’ albums in recent years.
The new original songs include the title track ‘Talkin’ Christmas!,’ a funky tribute to the power of Christmas featuring Money Mark on keyboards, and the compassionate ‘What Can I Do?,’ which features Taj Mahal on vocals and is one of two songwriting collaborations with Stax Records soul legend William Bell. The album also features a hand-clapping rearrangement of the usually-slower classic ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’ and a refreshingly intimate, acoustic version of ‘Silent Night.’
This first-ever Blind Boys-Taj Mahal album collaboration was a joy for Taj.
“There are just some wonderful tunes that allow me to find a totally different way to play on this album,” says Taj Mahal. “It’s exciting to be a part of something that is such incredible music.”
Songs: Do You Hear What I Hear?, Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn, What Can I Do?, Talkin’ Christmas, Merry Christmas To You, Silent Night, There’s A Reason We Call It Christmas, The Sun Is Rising, No Room In The Inn, Jesus Was Born, Who WIll Remember, Merry Christmas!
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