Though Mavis Staples celebrates her 76th birthday this year, age hasn't slowed the soul legend in the slightest.
Though Mavis Staples celebrates her 76th birthday this year, age hasnít slowed the soul legend in the slightest.
In addition to maintaining a busy tour schedule, which brings the husky-voiced singer to the McCoy Center on Sunday, Feb. 15, Staples recently contributed vocals to Donít Lose This, a posthumous album from father and Staple Singers patriarch Pops Staples, who died in 2000. Sheís also started laying the groundwork for a new full-length record following a pair of well-received Jeff Tweedy-produced solo efforts, You Are Not Alone and One True Vine, which surfaced in 2010 and 2013, respectively.
In a summer 2014 interview, the musician and lifelong civil rights activist sounded newly invigorated. Asked about the burgeoning #BlackLivesMatter protest movement sparked by events in Ferguson, Missouri, Staples appeared ready to go to the mat. ďAs long as Iím here Iím going to be fighting,Ē she said matter-of-factly. ďMy work isnít done yet.Ē
Expect the singer to rip through a handful of freedom songs here, including Staple Singer classics like ďIíll Take You There,Ē along with a heavy dose of gospel tunes that conduct a similar search for enlightenment on the other side of this life.
The Blind Boys of Alabama also perform.
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