"I tell you," Mavis Staples says, "I watch the news sometimes and I think I'm back in the '60s." The gospel legend was recently recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors. Chris Strong/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Mavis Staples, The Music Of The Civil Rights Era Couldn't Be More Relevant Today

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08Ain't No Grave (feat. Mavis Staples)

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    Ain't No Grave (feat. Mavis Staples)
    Album
    Blues & Ballads (A Folksingers Songbook) Volumes I & II
    Artist
    Luther Dickinson
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    New West Records
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    2016

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On the new album Into The Deep, the seasoned instrumentalists of Galactic team up with a host of singers including Macy Gray and Mavis Staples. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

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Alt.Latino Lays Out A Sonic Altar For Dia De Los Muertos

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Mavis Staples In Concert

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Mavis Staples On World Cafe

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'I'll Take You There': The Staple Singers' Rise From Church To Fame

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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. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Gospel Legend Mavis Staples Comes 'Full Circle'

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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. Zoran Orlic/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

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Mavis Staples' new album, One True Vine, comes out June 25. Chris Strong/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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One True Vine

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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.

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World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel

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Mavis Staples On Mountain Stage

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Mavis Staples: Newport Folk 2011

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