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The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The Grammys and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, sung for two presidents in the White House and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years and shows no signs of diminishing. Longevity and major awards aside, The Blind Boys have earned praise for their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by acclaimed songwriters such as Curtis Mayfield, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. Their performances have been experienced by millions on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, the Grammy Awards telecast, 60 Minutes, and on their own holiday PBS Special. The Blind Boys live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent.
Siblings Sara and Sean Watkins grew up outside of San Diego playing Bluegrass. Best known for their work in the Grammy Award winning band Nickel Creek, Sara and Sean are always looking for musical outlets. Sara completed her first solo record, which was produced by John Paul Jones (Led Zepplin), and was released in April 2009 on Nonesuch Records. In 2010, Sara performed duets with Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companions Summer Love tour. She is a frequent regular on the NPR program. In the past year, Sara has been on tour with John Prine, Donavan Frankenreiter, Robert Earl Kean, and Dar Williams just to name a few. Sean teamed up with Switchfoot singer, Jon Foremean, to form the duo band Fiction Family. They released an album in January 2009 on ATO Records and are currently working on album #2. Sean is also one of the founding members of WPA, comprised of Luke Bulla and Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket). Their debut album was released September 2009. Sean also has three solo albums under his belt.