Living legend and vocal powerhouse Mavis Staples is proud to announce her 12th studio album We Get By, featuring eleven tracks written and produced by Ben Harper. Harper’s conscious, expressive writing and thoughtful production captures Staples at this moment in time as she offers up love, hope and history during a politically divided era. Listen to the first single “Change” HERE. Read more
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Mavis Staples Announces New Ben Harper-Produced Studio Album ‘We Get By’ – Performing at Nelsonville Music Festival On 6/9
Mavis Staples will be joining none other than Bob Dylan for a series of North American concert dates this summer. As is, it’s been an exhilarating few months for the soul and gospel legend with the release of her critically heralded new album Livin’ On A High Note and the premiere of the documentary MAVIS! on HBO.
Mavis and Dylan have a long and storied history. The two initially met at a gospel concert in New York in 1962 and taped a TV special together the following year. The Staple Singers were the very first African American artists to cover a Dylan song with their release of “Blowin’ in the Wind” in 1963. Staples and Dylan both appeared at the historic 1963 Newport Folk Festival and The Band’s Last Waltz in 1978. Read more
“He would listen to my conversations, my words, and then feed off that… The songs he wrote take me places I wouldn’t normally go. I wasn’t used to singing this way, but it felt really good.” – Mavis Staples
This past winter iconic singer Mavis Staples joined Jeff Tweedy in Wilco’s Chicago studio, The Loft, where Tweedy wrote two new songs for the soul/gospel legend and prodced her forthcoming album ‘You Are Not Alone’ (Anti- Records, Sept. 14).
“I have almost everything she’s ever recorded, and I dug back through very thoroughly when I was given this job to do,” says Tweedy. “I thought that if I refreshed myself about where she’s been, it would help her figure out where she wanted to go. I wanted to be sure that we were making a record that she really wanted to make.” Read more
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples delivers more wall-to-wall joy on her triumphant new Anti- album, ‘You Are Not Alone’ (September 14), than any other release you’re likely to hear this year.
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilco’s studio The Loft, the intimate and textured production showcases the iconic singer at her most powerful and fervent. ‘You Are Not Alone’ mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton.
The album features Mavis’s touring band of the last three years: Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals; plus special guests Jeff Tweedy on guitars, bass, and vocals; Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, keys, vibes; Mark Greenberg, vibes, keys; with additional background vocals by frequent Neko Case collaborators Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor, and Richard Parenti.
‘You Are Not Alone’ is Mavis’s second studio release for Anti. It follows her 2007 critical triumph, “We’ll Never Turn Back,” produced by Ry Cooder, which revisited the great songs of the civil rights era and prompted her hometown paper The Chicago Sun-Times to hail her as “an American treasure.” In 2008, Anti- issued a rapturously received live album, ‘Live: Hope at the Hideout,’ which was named one of the Best Live CDs of All Time by Amazon.com’s editors and earned Mavis her first Grammy-nomination as a solo artist.
Mavis Staples is enjoying a major career resurgence, having become a festival favorite in recent years. This summer she will play Lollapalooza on August 6, and the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCa on August 14 with additional US and European tour dates to be announced soon. Read more