Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Mavis Staples is one of the very true American voices left. She sang with the Staples Singers and had many hits with that group. Mavis early on became the featured singer there given her unique sound. Her voice was low and passionate and the only one of its kind. Mavis is a national . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples, Wilco, Billy Bragg and Woody Guthrie, by Ricky Polite

Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

I just watched Mavis! on HBO – this documentary is so good, it even caused me to have warm feelings towards Jeff Tweedy!

There’s great vintage clips and commentary from Chuck D & Dylan, plus a warm moment with Levon Helm not long before he passed.

– Pat Thomas is the author . . . → Read More: Mavis! Staples Documentary is Excellent, by Pat Thomas

Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song For Everyone, By Ron Swanson

How is it that Mavis Staples put a record out and I can’t find it on EPB?

Mavis Staples, of the first family of American singers (the Cash-Carter clan is a close second, but cannot sing as well) released an excellent album of mostly Gospel tunes in 2010 called, “You Are not Alone.” . . . → Read More: Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song For Everyone, By Ron Swanson

Wilco, Nick Lowe & Mavis Staples Rehearse The Weight Backstage at Chicago’s Civic Opera House

Another all-star celebrity cover of The Weight. Thanks to David Handelman for this, who adds, “Take a load off your fanny.”

Bravo to Mavis Staples for her spunk and enthusiasm after all these years. Is Nick Lowe praying, shoegazing or reading the lyrics off an iPad? If he’s only reading lyrics off a piece . . . → Read More: Wilco, Nick Lowe & Mavis Staples Rehearse The Weight Backstage at Chicago’s Civic Opera House

Bumbershoot Was Exhausting, Not to Mention Rather Slight in the Big Names/Next Big Things Department, By Tom Kipp and Cory Davis

B’shoot was exhausting, not to mention rather slight in the big names/next big things department. At this point I shouldn’t need to rely on Old Soul Artists (Mavis Staples, Dennis Coffey, Charles Bradley, hell, even Hall & Oates!) to provide my hardcore jollies at a big Seattle music festival, but I guess it’s come . . . → Read More: Bumbershoot Was Exhausting, Not to Mention Rather Slight in the Big Names/Next Big Things Department, By Tom Kipp and Cory Davis

An Intense “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude” for Sir Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center – Mavis Staples, James Taylor and yes, Steven Tyler…

This is a “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” moment for pop music, if that makes sense to anyone. The performances are dignified, reverential, lovely really, but it’s the deftly chosen response shots from celebrities, each of whom lit up their own artistic or cultural supermoment in the years since the songs were released which . . . → Read More: An Intense “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude” for Sir Paul McCartney at the Kennedy Center – Mavis Staples, James Taylor and yes, Steven Tyler…