Mavis Staples

With her bold new album,”You Are Not Alone,” this legendary vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to an historic career. Mavis Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

This project which is being released more than sixty years after she began singing with her ground-breaking family group, the Staple Singers is the follow-up to “We’ll Never Turn Back,” her acclaimed 2007 collection of songs associated with the civil rights movement, and to 2009’s Grammy-nominated live album “Hope at the Hideout.” It stakes out surprising new territory for Staples by matching her with producer Jeff Tweedy, a fellow Chicagoan who also happens to lead Wilco, perhaps the most respected band working in America today.

Tweedy first saw Staples and her band in 2008 at Chicago’s the Hideout when they recorded the live album Hope At The Hideout. After seeing that performance Tweedy knew he had to work with Staples. A little over a year later Tweedy, Staples and her band: Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals entered the studio to record You Are Not Alone.

Some of Tweedy’s choices, which would form the emotional core of “You Are Not Alone,” took Staples all the way back to her earliest memories. She recalls her father, the pioneering guitarist Roebuck “Pops” Staples, playing such traditional gospel songs as “Creep Along Moses” and “Wonderful Savior” on “those big ol’ 78 records” for the family. “I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “Those are songs I grew up with, I never thought I would be recording them.”

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Jan16Thu
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Edmonds Center for the Arts
Edmonds, WA
Jan17Fri
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Admiral Theatre
Bremerton, WA
Jan19Sun
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Tucson Jazz Festival
Tucson, AZ
Jan31Fri
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SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
Feb1Sat
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SFJAZZ Center
San Francisco, CA
Feb15Sat
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Michigan Theater
Ann Arbor, MI

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