Mavis Staples has announced that her new album We Get By will be released May 10. Produced by Ben Harper, it will be the legendary songwriter’s 12th studio album. The lead single “Change” is out now, setting the tone for an album that will be filled with Staples’ messages of love and hope for a divided world. Continue reading →
Mavis Staples was the musical guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! for Martin Luther King Day. Watch the legendary singer perform an emotional live version of “Build a Bridge.” Continue reading →
Soul singing legend Mavis Staples is still going strong at age 78 and has just released a new song called “Build A Bridge” from her soon to be released new album If All I Was Was Black, which she recorded with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Continue reading →
XPN Fest veterans and longtime friends Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) have collaborated together a few times before, but the just-announced If All I Was Was Black is a particularly special project. Slated for a November 17 release on Anti- Records, the 10-track album was produced and written by Tweedy, with vocalist Staples contributing to the lyrics on three tracks. In addition to being the first full-length of original material the the two have worked on together, If All I Was Was Black takes on a political tone, addressing racial tension in a way that advocates for spreading love and positivity. Continue reading →
1963 – The Beatles record their first BBC radio program, Pop Go the Beatles. The bands’ guests for this first show are the Lorne Gibson Trio.
Following up on last week’s “I Give You Power” collaboration with Mavis Staples, Arcade Fire have shared two new versions of the single – a full instrumental cut and a choppier “Broken Speaker” remix. The song (and the “alternative songs”) marks the Canadian outfit’s first new material since 2013’s Reflektor and benefits the American Civil Liberties Union.
1920 – KDKA in Pittsburgh becomes the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States. With consumers unsure about benefits of radio, the station announces results of the Harding-Cox presidential election, getting the news to those with a radio much faster than everyone who had to wait for the morning paper.
After singing “Freedom Highway,” Mavis Staples shared the story behind the song written by her father in 1962. “Pops Staples wrote that song for the big march,” she told us of the iconic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. “I was there, and I’m still here…I’m a living witness, a soldier!” she said. Staples went on to say that she’s part of an army of love, fighting for hope and peace.
It was a well-timed moment from a timeless musician. In a weekend where one performer told the festival faithful that the evils of the world were the reasoning behind him cutting his performance short, Staples took the opposite approach. She provided the antidote to the evils of the world, a performance full of heart and happiness. The 77-year-old used every ounce of soul in her to put together a show even better than what her household reputation called for. Continue reading →
Just last night she joined Bob Dylan at The Mann, and now we are pleased to inform you that Mavis Staples has been added to the lineup of our annual XPoNential Music Festival. The soul-singing legend will play the River Stage in Wiggins Park on Sunday, July 24th. Staples had her first hit in 1957 and released an album this year. Yes, you read that correctly. It seems like nothing can stop the 76-year-old, so when it comes to last minute additions, it doesn’t get much better than this. Continue reading →