Mavis Staples Announces Live Album, Tour Dates

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Singer Mavis Staples has announced the Feb. 8, 2019, release of Live in London, recorded over two nights at London’s Union Chapel and produced by Staples herself. Live in London, says a press release, “reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after 70 years as a performer and that while her repertoire continues to expand her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group, the Staple Singers.” Pre-order it here.

Watch Staples perform “No Time For Cryin’” at Union Chapel below.

The focus of this collection is material Staples has recorded since signing with ANTI- Records in 2007. In recent years, Staples, who turned 79 on July 10, has had songs written for her by artists like Nick Cave, Neko Case, and Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards); collaborated with Arcade Fire, Gorillaz and Hozier; and recorded multiple albums working with Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

Related: Mavis Staples was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame last year

“I’ve stretched out—I’m singing songs that rock stars have written for me,” says Staples in the press release, “but they know me and the kind of songs I want to sing.” The opening song on Live in London, “Love and Trust,” was composed by Ben Harper. “I love that song, it’s a beauty,” she says. “I’ve been sending a message of love and trust since the Sixties, and I’m still searching for that.”

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Track Listing
1. Love and Trust (Written by Ben Harper)
2. Who Told You That (Written by Jeff Tweedy)
3. Slippery People (Written by Talking Heads)
4. What You Gonna Do – Intro
5. What You Gonna Do (Written by Pops Staples)
6. Take Us Back (Written by Benjamin Booker)
7. You Are Not Alone (Written by Jeff Tweedy)
8. No Time For Cryin’ (Written by Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples)
9. Can You Get to That (Written by George Clinton and Ernie Harris)
10. Let’s Do It Again (Written by Curtis Mayfield)
11. Dedicated (Written by Justin Vernon and Matthew Ward)
12. We’re Gonna Make It (Written by Gene Barge, Billy Davis, Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith)
13. Encore: Happy Birthday
14. Touch A Hand (Written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson)

Mavis Staples Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

12/1 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
12/6 – Lynchburg, VA – Academy of Music Theatre
12/7 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
12/8 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
1/18 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up
1/20 – Fort Collins, CO – Lincoln Center Performance Hall
2/21 – Paducah, KY – Clemens Fine Arts Center
3/22 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
4/18 – 4/22 – Byron Bay, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/23 – Auckland, NZ – The Civic

Watch Mavis Staples perform “No Time for Cryin'” live

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