Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama (from the album Work to Do available on BMG)
The plan was for a three-song E.P. when Marc Cohn joined Blind Boys of Alabama at the Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, capturing an intimate performance for the PBS series, The Kate. The magical merging talents of the songwriter and the gospel titans led Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama to gather cuts from the performance and studio tracks as Work to Do, their recent release. A reverential tone is defined by the piano as Marc Cohn is transported back into time, his memory sparking a tribute to The Band vocalist with “Listening to Levon” as Work to Do shows a strong backbone in the rhythm and harmonies of the title track while “Silver Thunderbird” make a wish to keep on cruising and marks studio time with red lights twinkling as the engineer sets the dial for the road to glory in “Talk Back Mic”.
Handclaps beat out a path for both the feet and the spirit as Blind Boys of Alabama open Work to Do with a shot of salvation for “Walking in Jerusalem” as the album puts the power of voices front and center in “Amazing Grace”, backing the harmony with sharp-angled guitar notes. Marc Cohn and Blind Boys of Alabama let the choir of voices be the rumble under “Ghost Train” and re-visit Cohn’s hit “Walking in Memphis” as spirt on steroids.
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