#353 - The Blind Boys of Alabama (Interview Show)

Ricky McKinnie of The Blind Boys of Alabama has a conversation with Tom about his extraordinary life. He describes how he took up the drums and singing, found success with the Gospel Keynotes and his own group, the Ricky McKinnie Singers, before joining The Blind Boys, who had first formed way back in 1939. He reveals how his faith enabled him to persevere through the loss of his sight in his 20s. He also discusses five key figures who have inspired him musically: Buddy Miles, Sam Cooke, Julius Cheeks, Bill Withers and Clarence Fountain. NB - This episode was originally recorded as part of Tom's Greatest Music of All Time Podcast, which organically evolved from its inception in early 2020, from a focus on the discussion of music to also exploring pop culture, comedy, entertainment, entrepreneurship, philosophy, science, politics and current affairs commentary. It was renamed as the Tom Cridland Podcast in January 2023.

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