Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
On last year's marvelous Spirit of the Century, these hardy gospel vets reached out to mainstream listeners with a bold set that included covers of Tom Waits and the Stones. Higher Ground also mixes secular and sacred, yet feels more old-fashioned. While original Blind Boys Clarence Fountain, Jimmy Carter, and George Scott are all in their 70s, they sing with the fervor of youngsters on devotional tracks like "Precious Lord" and "Freedom Road."