The BBOA are a five-time GRAMMY Award-winning gospel group, and they’re going to be in lil’ ol’ Salem! They’re currently on an extensive US tour in support of their acclaimed new album “Almost Home” which was released this summer. They just received their 10th GRAMMY nomination for their song “Let My Mother Live” for Best American Roots Performance. The inspiration for Almost Home was born through video recordings of wide-ranging interviews conducted with the group’s two remaining original founding members: Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain (both now in their eighties). These interviews pressed deep into their memories of their improbable route to success and the changing, sometimes hostile world they had to navigate along the way. The interviews were then distilled down to 30-minute clips and shared with a variety of songwriters who channeled Carter and Fountain’s words and reminiscences into song. These songwriters included Valerie June, North Mississippi Allstars, Ruthie Foster, John Leventhal, and many others. The resulting album serves as a fitting capstone to a career that has helped define the sound of American music. It was recorded with four different Grammy-winning producers, in four different cities, and serves as a musical memoir through new, original songs. Tickets are required. Please call 503-362-3661. The venue is St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1444 Liberty St SE.
About The Author
Julie was born and raised in Salem, Oregon. She started playing bass guitar in the late 80s and played in local bands Good Question, butterMilk and the Other. She took time off the music scene in the late 90s to raise a family. She came back to bass in 2014 and once again got involved in the local music scene. She plays bass in Marc and The Horsejerks and Mr. Frederick's Production Co. She has been the music writer/editor for Salem Weekly since May 2015.