Tapestry, from 90.3 WBHM

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From March 30, 2006...

The Blind Boys of Alabama continue wowing crowds, more than 60 years after their debut. Think all artists are musicians or painters? How about peelers and poachers? Today's menu includes culinary arts. And, Christian singer-songwriter Natalie Moon. I'm Greg Bass and this is Tapestry.

The Blind Boys of Alabama started singing gospel in 1939, when they were just kids attending the Alabama School for the Blind. The group still performs the old gospel styles like Jubilee singing. But now, they're playing for new audiences.

The Blind Boys of Alabama

They won back-to-back Grammy awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003 -- taking songs by the likes of Tom Waits and Prince and reclaiming them in the name of gospel. Lead singer Clarence Fountain says there's no contradiction here. This is how he describes the music...in his own words...

Clarence Fountain of The Blind Boys of Alabama

Lead singer Clarence Fountain and the other surviving original members of The Blind Boys of Alabama are now in their 70s, but they still earn their living on the road. They're in concert in Australia this spring.

Frank Stitt

When people think of artists, it's painters and musicians that usually come to mind. Today we thought we'd look at another kind of artist, the "culinary" kind. WBHM's Roseanne Pereira checked in with one of Birmingham's favorite chefs, Frank Stitt, about his art.

A profile of Birmingham's Frank Stitt

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Natalie Moon

Natalie Moon has stars in her eyes...but probably not the same stars as most young singer-songwriters. Moon says she's not looking to get famous. Her real purpose lies in leading others to worship through music. When she's not recording CDs or playing the Birmingham coffee house circuit, Moon leads the worship service at Riverchase United Methodist Church in Hoover. Moon's songwriting has been compared to EmmyLou Harris. This is "Satisfy My Soul" from her latest CD, "Many Waters" (AUDIO MONTAGE) Natalie Moon plays Cambridge Coffee April 7th and we've got downloads of her music on the Tapestry page of WBHM.org.

Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall. Hunter Bell produces musician profiles and Francesca Rosko compiles the community calendar. Reporting this week from our Kroc fellow Roseanne Pereira - you can learn more about Roseanne on our website. The interview with Clarence Fountain was part of 'Musicians in Their Own Words', a series produced by David Schulman, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and offered to WBHM through the Public Radio Exchange - PRX. I'm Greg Bass, we'll see you next week.