Mavis Staples On Mountain Stage

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Mavis Staples performed at the 2011 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

Mavis Staples performed at the 2011 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Set List

  • "Wonderful Savior"
  • "Wrote a Song For Everyone"
  • "Creep Along Moses"
  • "The Weight"
  • "You Are Not Alone"
  • "Freedom Highway"
  • "Only the Lord Knows"
  • "Too Close"
  • "Anyhow"
  • "Balm In Gilead"
  • "Oh, Mary Don't You Weep"
  • "I Belong to the Band"
  • "I'll Take You There"

Legendary soul-gospel singer Mavis Staples' third appearance on Mountain Stage was recorded as part of the 2011 Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. This was Staples' first time performing in Scotland, as well as the first-ever trip overseas for Mountain Stage in its 28-year history.

Staples' career spans five decades, beginning alongside her father, Roebuck "Pops" Staples, in the iconic Staples Singers. As a solo artist, she has collaborated with an uncommonly diverse range of musicians, including Curtis Mayfield, Bob Dylan, The Band, George Jones, Prince, and Ry Cooder. Her latest release found her collaborating with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, who wrote two of the songs for the Grammy-winning album You Are Not Alone, which he also produced.

In her extended Mountain Stage set, Staples and her band perform seven songs from the album, including "You Are Not Alone," as well as several standards from her incredible career.

Staples' band includes drummer Stephen Hodges, bassist Jeff Turmes, guitarist Rick Holmstrom, and back-up vocalists Vicki Randle, Danny Gerrard and Yvonne Staples.

This segment originally aired on April 4, 2011.

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