Mavis Staples On Mountain Stage

Mavis Staples grew up singing with her father "Pops" Staples in the legendary gospel-soul group The Staple Singers, whose music spoke loudly during the civil-rights movement. For her album We'll Never Turn Back, the younger Staples captured some of the songs from that era with some modern perspective and solid grooves provided by producer Ry Cooder. She performs four songs from We'll Never Turn Back, along with the Staple Singers classic "I'll Take You There," in this live performance from Boston in 2007.

Set List

  • "On My Way"
  • "Down in Mississippi"
  • "Eyes on the Prize"
  • "Freedom Highway"
  • "I'll Take You There"
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Brian Blauser
Mavis Staples
Brian Blauser

Staples first set out on her own with a self-titled 1969 solo debut produced by Steve Cropper. Her output throughout the 1970s and '80s included works with Curtis Mayfield and Prince, among others. She marked her first release of the 21st century with 2004's Have a Little Faith. Staples recently issued a live recording titled Live: Hope at the Hideout, recorded at the longstanding Chicago club The Hideout.

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