Blind Boys of Alabama with Robert Randolph | Kaki King
The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA | 02.08.03

photos by John Croxton |

The Blind Boys of Alabama have been keeping the spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music alive since 1939, when the group formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind. Since then they’ve made a name for themselves as one of the seminal gospel bands in the scene today. Their live shows often evolve from soulful meditation to foot-stomping, rollicking celebration, and their latest release, Higher Ground – which featured guest appearances by Ben Harper and Robert Randolph & The Family Band – won a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.

At their February show in San Francisco’s Fillmore, the Blind Boys were joined by Robert Randolph, who lent his considerable pedal steel skills to the celebration. Kaki King, an NYC-based guitarist and composer who opened the show, mesmerized the audience with her haunting, unique instrumental music. Here are some of the fine images from that evening, captured by JamBase photographer John Croxton.

founding member Jimmy Carter

founding member George Scott

bassist Tracy Pierce

rhythm guitarist Caleb Butler

lead guitarist Joey Williams

Robert Randolph

Kaki King

[Published on: 2/28/03]

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