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Run On

Cosmic Variance
By Sean Carroll
Oct 16, 2008 7:23 PMNov 5, 2019 8:17 AM


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I must not be a very good atheist, because I love gospel music. Here are the Blind Boys of Alabama, with "Run On." The Boys first got together in 1939. And they're not some ongoing concern whose membership turns over, like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; their current lead singer, Jimmy Lee Carter, was a founding member of the group. Other charter members were active until recently: vocalist Clarence Fountain cut down on touring in 2006, and George Scott (singing lead in this track) passed away in 2005. They gained a bit of late-career notoriety when their cover of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole" was used as the theme song for the first season of The Wire. Sorry for the lack of substantive blogging of late. Science comes first.

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