Blind Boys of Alabama drummer Ricky McKinnie talks Atlanta roots
Ricky McKinnie cradles the Lifetime Achievement Grammy bestowed upon the Blind Boys of Alabama. Photo credit: Bob Andres In the back room of a small house in Kirkwood, Ricky McKinnie sits in front of a row of Grammy trophies. The five awards, received between 2001 and 2008, are offset by one other Grammy, the special one bestowed upon the Blind Boys of Alabama in 2009. “How many people have a Lifetime Achievement Grammy?” asks McKinnie’s brother, Chuck Shivers, the tour manager of one of the most unique groups in music history. Indeed, the Blind Boys of Alabama, a collaboration that originated at the… >>
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