As previously reported, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon acted as producer for the forthcoming album from veteran gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, and now the Grammy Award winners have given us our first taste of the collaboration.
Yesterday, The Boys released a cover of Bob Dylan’s spiritual-tinged “Every Grain of Sand” that features Vernon singing alongside the seven-piece gospel band. The track is one of eleven off of the group’s forthcoming Vernon-produced album, I’ll Find A Way. It’s a beautiful, sweeping rendition of Dylan’s work, and if it’s any indication of the rest of the album, then the Blind Boys look to, indeed, have found a way to stay both relevant and inspiring.
The group first came together in 1939 to sing in the glee club at Alabama Institute for the Blind in Talladega, Ala. Since then they’ve released over 60 albums (both live and studio) and have won five Grammy Awards.
I’ll Find A Way was recorded at Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin – where he recorded 2011’s incredible Bon Iver – and it will feature collaborations from Patty Griffin, Sam Amidon, tUnE-yArDs’ Merrill Garbus and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, among others.
The record is out Oct.1 on Sony Masterworks, and you can listen to “Every Grain of Sand” over at Pitchfork.