Marc Cohn Co-Writes Three Tracks on New Album From Blind Boys of Alabama ‘Almost Home’

The songwriting skills of GRAMMY Award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn can be heard on the three opening tracks of newly released album Almost Home by legendary gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama’s. This album is earning critical praise from NPR Music, No Depression, Jambase and more and is being considered for a GRAMMY for Album Of The Year. Cohn, alongside co-writer, guitarist, and producer John Leventhal, penned the tracks “Stay on the Gospel Side,” which they co-wrote with surviving founder Clarence Fountain, “Let My Mother Live” which includes writing contributions from surviving founder Jimmy Carter, and “God Knows Everything.” “Let My Mother Live” is being considered for a GRAMMY for Best American Roots Performance and Song.
Cohn and Leventhal have a 25-year-long history working together. They recently co-wrote five songs for soul legend William Bell’s GRAMMY Award-winning Americana album of the year, This Is Where I Live.
“After touring with the Blind Boys of Alabama last year, an idea was hatched to write songs based on their own personal journeys. The Blind Boys themselves were the inspiration for the songs we wrote together. It was different from any project I’ve been involved in, and an honor to collaborate with these legends of Gospel music and to help them tell their stories of loss, music, family and faith. I’m looking forward to performing these songs live with them after the first of the year,” said Cohn.
Cohn, best known for his Grammy Award-winning soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer/songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.
He is on tour this fall both solo and with Michael McDonald in support of his albums Careful What you Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities and the bonus album Evolution of a Record, featuring never-before-heard songs and demos dating back to years before his debut album and the GRAMMY Award that followed.
OCT 24 – DPAC – Durham, NC *
OCT 26 – Lynn Auditorium – Lynn, MA *
OCT 27 – Merriam Theatre – Philadelphia, PA *
OCT 28 – Warner Theater – Washington, DC *
OCT 30 – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, TN *
OCT 31 – SPACE – Evanston, IL *
NOV 2 – State Theatre – Minneapolis, MN *
NOV 3 – Peabody Opera House – St Louis, MO *
NOV 4 – Orpheum Theatre – Memphis, TN *
NOV 6 – ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX *
NOV 14 – Eccles Theater – Salt Lake City, UT*
NOV 16 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA *
NOV 17 – Orpheum Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
JAN 18 – Green Music Center – Rohnert Park, CA
JAN 19 – Bankhead Theater – Livermore, CA
JAN 20 – Cascade Theatre – Redding, CA
JAN 21 – Tower Theatre – Bend, OR
JAN 23 – Lincoln Theatre – Mount Vernon, WA
JAN 25 – Numberica Performing Arts Center – Wenatchee, WA
JAN 26 – Kirkland Performance Center – Kirkland, WA
JAN 27 – Broadway Center for Performing Arts – Tacoma, WA
JAN 31 – Esplanade Arts and Heritage Center – Medicine Hat, Canada
FEB 1  – Jack Singer Concert Hall – Calgary, Canada
FEB 2  – Festival Place – Sherwood Park, Canada
FEB 22 – Sheridan Opera House – Telluride, CO
MAR 14 – The Tin Pan – Richmond, VA
MAR 16 – Mayo Performing Arts Center – Morristown, NJ
MAR 17 – Scottish Rite Auditorium – Collingswood, NJ
*with Michael McDonald
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