Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mavis Staples - Take Us Back


In February 2016 the 76 yrs old lady and still rockin' Mavis Staples album "Livin' on a High Note" was released, Produced by M. Ward the album features songs written specifically for Staples by Nick Cave, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArds, Neko Case, Aloe Blacc, and others. Discussing the album Staples said:

I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new. I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I’m so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I’m always telling a part of history that brought us down and I’m trying to bring us back up. These songwriters gave me a challenge. They gave me that feeling of, ‘Hey, I can hang! I can still do this!’ There’s a variety, and it makes me feel refreshed and brand new. Just like Benjamin Booker wrote on the opening track, ‘I got friends and I got love around me, I got people, the people who love me.’ I’m living on a high note, I’m above the clouds. I’m just so grateful. I must be the happiest old girl in the world. Yes, indeed.

Mavis Staples (born July 10, 1939) is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist. She has recorded and performed with her family's band The Staple Singers, and also as a solo artist.




Today's tune "Take Us Back" is taken from the fifteenth studio album "Livin' on a High Note", released in February 2016 under Epitaph Records. The clip is from The Late Show, Feb 23, 2016



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Apr 15 Coachella Indio, CA Sold Out
Apr 22 Coachella Indio, CA Sold Out
Apr 23 Cache Creek Casino Brooks, CA
Apr 29 Beale Street Music Festival Memphis, TN
May 01 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest New Orleans, LA
May 04 Au-Rene Theater at the Broward Center Ft Lauderdale, FL
May 06 Kravis Center West Palm Beach, FL
May 08 Lyric Theatre Birmingham, AL
May 19 Wendy Williamson Auditorium Anchorage, AK
May 21 Juneau Jazz and Classics Juneau, AK
May 29 Strawberry Music Festival Grass Valley, CA
Jun 04 Chateau St. Michelle Winery w/ Bob Dylan Woodinville, WA
Jun 05 Chateau St. Michelle Winery w/ Bob Dylan Woodinville, WA
Jun 07 Cuthbert Ampitheater w/ Bob Dylan Eugene, OR
Jun 09 Greek Theatre w/ Bob Dylan Berkeley, CA
Jun 10 Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley Berkeley, CA
Jun 11 Santa Barbara Bowl w/ Bob Dylan Santa Barbara, CA
Jun 13 Humphrey's w/ Bob Dylan San Diego, CA
Jun 14 Humphrey's w/ Bob Dylan San Diego, CA
Jun 16 Shrine Auditorium w/ Bob Dylan Los Angeles, CA
Jun 19 Red Rocks Ampitheatre w/ Bob Dylan Morrison, CO
Jun 21 Starlight Theatre w/ Bob Dylan Kansas City, MO
Jun 22 Pinewood Bowl Theatre w/ Bob Dylan Lincoln, NE
Jun 24 Ravinia Festival w/ Bob Dylan Highland Park, IL
Jun 25 The Lawn at White River w/ Bob Dylan Indianapolis, IN
Jun 26 Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater w/ Bob Dylan Nashville, TN
Jun 28 Fraze Pavilion w/ Bob Dylan Kettering, OH
Jun 29 Toledo Zoo Amphitheater w/ Bob Dylan Toledo, OH
Jun 30 Earl W. Brydges Artpark State Park w/ Bob Dylan Lewiston, NY
Jul 02 Tanglewood w/ Bob Dylan Lenox, MA
Jul 03 Foxwoods w/ Bob Dylan New London, CT
Jul 05 Filene Center at Wolf Trap w/ Bob Dylan Vienna, VA
Jul 06 Filene Center at Wolf Trap w/ Bob Dylan Vienna, VA
Jul 08 Forest Hills Stadium w/ Bob Dylan Forest Hills, NY
Jul 12 CMAC w/ Bob Dylan Canandaigua, NY
Jul 13 Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/ Bob Dylan Philadelphia, PA
Jul 14 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ Bob Dylan Boston, MA
Jul 16 Thompsons Point w/ Bob Dylan Portland, ME
Jul 17 Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion w/ Bob Dylan Gilford, NH
Jul 31 Chateau Ste Michelle Winery Woodinville, WA
Aug 12 Eaux Claires Festival (August 12-13) Eau Claire, WI
Sep 17 Arts Commons Jack Singer Concert Hall Calgary, Canada


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