Justin Vernon’s latest project has been producing the next album for the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama. The gospel quintet has been recording together for a good 70 years now, and Vernon is just the latest on a long list of famed collaborators who have passed through to feed off the Blind Boys’ seemingly endless stream of creative juices.
With the Vernon-produced I’ll Find A Way due out in October, the Blind Boys have released a cover of Bob Dylan’s “Every Grain of Sand,” featuring vocals from Bon Iver himself. It’s interesting to hear Vernon’s very distinctive production style transferred to a sound you wouldn’t immediately associate with the deep-woods guitars and airy piano that defines Bon Iver.
Check out the first song from Justin Vernon and the Blind Boys of Alabama here.