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Concerts

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

January 2, 2012 Hear the soul-gospel legend perform at the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland.

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Mavis Staples performs at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival.

August 1, 2011 Hear the singer and civil-rights icon in a concert from the Newport Folk Festival.

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August 1, 2009 The lifelong activist and singer brought some serious soul to the Folk Festival at Newport.

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Pete Seeger Sq

July 30, 2009 Festival producer Jay Sweet talks about what's in store for this year's 50th-anniversary event.

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Studio Sessions

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January 20, 2014 Staples' gospel-rooted solo recordings helped pave the way for contemporary soul music.

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Mavis Staples performs with The Roots at the Climate Rally on the National Mall on April 25, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

February 20, 2012 Hear archival conversations with Buddy Guy, R.L. Burnside, Mavis Staples and Koko Taylor.

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December 13, 2010 The legendary soul and gospel singer is one of the most prominent vocalists in contemporary music.

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January 19, 2009 The legendary gospel singer gives a stripped-down and powerful performance from WXPN.

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Interviews & Profiles

Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

June 26, 2013 "It's a return to my beginning," she says of her new album, One True Vine.

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Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

June 26, 2013 "It's a return to my beginning," she says of her new album, One True Vine.

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September 23, 2010 Encouraged by her sister, the legend returns to recording, releasing You Are Not Alone last week.

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Discover Songs

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September 22, 2010 "Losing You" is a prime example of the power Mavis Staples still holds in her vocal cords.

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You  Are Not Alone

September 5, 2010 Jeff Tweedy's production lets Staples' voice stand at the center of the soul legend's new album.

Pete Seeger Sq

July 30, 2009 Festival producer Jay Sweet talks about what's in store for this year's 50th-anniversary event.

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December 5, 2007 Here's a look at 10 CDs from the past year that are virtually guaranteed to impress your friends.

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November 20, 2007 Esquire music critic Andy Langer picks eight tracks that have been criminally underplayed.

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March 22, 2007 Bob Boilen speaks with reviewers Robert Christgau, Will Hermes and Meredith Ochs about the new C...

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July 20, 2004 Gottschalk by pianist Frank French; New music from guitar wonder Leo Kottke; Norwegian duo Kings...

Reviews

Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

June 25, 2013 The soul singer's new album follows a narrative arc of struggle, acceptance and salvation.

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September 22, 2010 "Losing You" is a prime example of the power Mavis Staples still holds in her vocal cords.

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November 20, 2007 Esquire music critic Andy Langer picks eight tracks that have been criminally underplayed.

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More Stories

Mavis Staples performs at the 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival at in Portland, Ore.

January 18, 2014 The group's sound broke down musical walls and inspired civil rights leaders.

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May 18, 2007 Mavis Staples records music of the Civil Rights movement on her CD, We'll Never Turn Back.

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Mavis Staples' new album, One True Vine, comes out June 25.

June 16, 2013 Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Staples' new album radiates reverence while summoning a slow burn.

Esperanza Spalding album cover

December 1, 2010 The list of our 50 favorite albums of the year includes Sufjan Stevens and more artists from S to Z.

Mavis Staples performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

August 9, 2010 The soul icon performs songs from her latest album, You Are Not Alone, at the NPR Music offices.

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