New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Boys of Alabama
are gospel icons. Bela Fleck occupies a similarly lofty perch in the world of bluegrass. Together, they have earned 20 GRAMMY Awards and scores of other accolades. For Record Store Day 2021, The Blind
Boys of Alabama
and Bela Fleck have joined together on record for the first time to release a special 45RPM 7” to be released on Alabama-based label Single Lock Records.
On the A Side of this historic collaboration, The Blind
Boys and Bela cover "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free", the Billy Taylor and Dick Dallas: a classic made famous by Nina Simone, which continues to be an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. On the B Side, the artists bring "See By Faith" to a physical format for the first time. A bonus track from the Blind
Boys acclaimed LP, Almost
Home, "See By Faith" is a previously unreleased song written by Bob Dylan.
“We’ve crossed paths with Béla Fleck on stage and socially for many years,” says the Blind
Boys’ Jimmy Carter. “He’s an incredible talent. This is one of the most unique collaborations for the Blind
Boys. I’m excited for the song and 45 to be shared with the fans.”
Ricky McKinnie of the Blind
Boys adds: “After sharing stages with Béla Fleck in the past years, I find it to be both exciting and a pleasure to sing on a track with him. Anyone that misses this collaboration is missing one of the best.”
"I loved having the chance to work with the Blind
Boys,” says Bela Fleck. “I’ve dug their music since I first heard them, and it was such a thrill to be in the band!"
This Single Lock Records release is limited to 2000 copies worldwide.
From a humble start in 2013 as a community music project to its current status as a globally respected independent record label, Single Lock Records has held firm to the original goal: gathering and releasing interesting, challenging Southern American music-- regardless of genre. Based in the Florence/Muscle Shoals area of North Alabama, Single Lock draws on the musical heritage of the Shoals and pushes it into the 21st century, combining the efforts of creative legacies and young trailblazers to redefine the music of our region. Dreamt up by musicians, founded by musicians and run by musicians, the label pushes for fairness in their business dealings and transparency with their artists. Started as, simply, a co-op, the label found it’s audience and had to grow up fast. Single Lock’s first major success was St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ debut LP, Half the City. Later successes include Donnie Fritts’ Oh My Goodness, Dylan LeBlanc’s Cautionary Tale, Erin Rae’s Americana-nominated Putting On Airs, and Cedric Burnside’s GRAMMY-nominated Benton County Relic.