There’s nothing like the musical musings of beloved classics. On Saturday, Jan. 27, Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama will bring theirs to Tacoma’s Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
Cohn’s fans will surely come to hear their favorites from his cache of visionary songwriting. Celebrating the 25th anniversary of his platinum-selling debut album, Cohn will be playing through all of the nostalgic, original classics from that self-titled album.
In an interview with Park Record earlier this year, Cohn said, “I never take for granted that I have an audience, and I’m very grateful for that. So I try to play the songs my fans come to hear.” He added that some artists hate it when there are certain things that are expected, “but it doesn’t bother me at all.”
The key to staying fresh throughout his career, he says, is trying new things with his older stuff. His most recent album release, last year’s Careful What You Dream: Lost Songs and Rarities, featured a collection of demos written and recorded in his early years. Cohn talked about it in an interview with The Sacramento Bee, saying he’d somehow forgotten about those songs. That album, he says, has old demos with songs that his fans know, and also “10 or twelve songs that nobody knows.”
In concert with Cohn, the Blind Boys of Alabama will bring their own arsenal of exciting and traditional southern music. After decades and decades of their southern roots style, today they’re easily recognized as an innovative gospel-style, southern rock band. by Jordan Marie McCaw
Marc Cohn with the Blind Boys of Alabama
Saturday, Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, 901 Broadway, Tacoma