• On their second collaboration, legendary singer Mavis Staples and Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy have crafted a gospel album for the 21st century, a music that strives for faith in a world where nothing can be taken for granted. On One True Vine, Mavis Staples gives voice to something new in her repertoire, something deeper and more resonant with our times; longtime fans will notice a new reserve in her singing, a muted, plaintive quality that serves the darker, more nuanced songs collected here perfectly.

  • If her Stax hits spoke for a growing black social consciousness, and her seventies collaborations with the Band and others gave spiritual weight to the rediscovery of tradional American music, then in our post-millenial drift, Jeff Tweedy has crafted a pulpit from which Mavis lends her voice to a search for grace. 
  • One True Vine is a dark night of the soul, a journey from a search for faith to glorious belief. Starting with Alan Sparhawk from Low’s downtempo “One Holy Ghost” – a song that feels the presence of God without fully comprehending it – and moving through the Jeff Tweedy original “Jesus Wept,” a questioning of the darkness in the world, the album begins in the depths.

  • Even the perfectly chosen Funkadelic classic “Can You Get to That?,” a high-flying respite in an otherwise subdued first half, is built around a question of the spirit. Then at mid-point, Nick Lowe’s “Far Celestial Shores” picks up the pace, and the album opens up like a parting of the clouds.

  • The tempo kicks in with a tent-revival throb, and even when things slow for a moment with the greasy funk reworking of the Staple’s “I Like the Things About Me,” it’s a second half of light and redemption. Closing with the beautiful ballad “One True Vine” (the third of the Tweedy originals), the album ends on a note of salvation, with Mavis cradling the lyric like a prodigal son.

  • No one should be surprised at this new Mavis Staples; for six decades she has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, Mavis has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter.

  • From the delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the Stax era with a series of soul anthems, from “I’ll Take You There” to “Respect Yourself:” through all these Mavis carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.

  • How many musicians can claim this: to exist outside any scene, outside genre, yet weaving themselves into the fabric of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, rock and blues? Many of the maverick names that come to mind are composers as well; that Mavis has created her legacy as an interpreter of others – an underestimated talent since the days of the band singers – makes her achievement all the more impressive.

  • She gives voice to others; more than that, she gives voice to entire movements, to eras, to songs so old their roots are lost. And she manages to work a little P-Funk in there too.

  • Recently, recognition of Mavis’ unique role in American music has been growing beyond her longtime fans, dipping into the wider world of pop as she performs alongside Justin Timberlake at the White House tribute to Memphis Soul, or with Elton John in a show-stealing Grammy tribute to Levon Helm of the Band.

  • Her first album with Tweedy at the controls, You Are Not Alone, won a much deserved Grammy. Now, on her second collaboration with Tweedy – Mavis calls him “Tweedy” all day long, and they are a pleasure to watch in the studio, riffing like some old vaudeville team – she has made an album to match her new national profile. One True Vine is an album that will both surprise longtime fans and solidify her position at the helm of American music.

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  • 00 I'll Take You There

  • 01 Respect Yourself

  • 02 Heavy Makes You Happy

  • 03 People, My People

  • 04 If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)

  • 05 Keep On Pushing

  • 06 Have A Little Faith

  • 07 Let's Do It Again

  • 08 You Must Have That True Religion

  • 09 Eyes On The Prize

  • 10 I Belong to the Band

  • 11 Wonderful Savior

  • 12 Holy Ghost

  • 13 Every Step

  • 14 Can You Get To That

  • 15 Jesus Wept

  • 16 Far Celestial Shore

  • 17 What Are They Doing In Heaven Today

  • 18 Sow Good Seeds

  • 19 I Like The Things About Me

  • 20 Woke Up This Morning (with Jesus on my mind)

  • 21 One True Vine

One True Vine

    • 1969

      Mavis Staples

    • 1970

      Only For The Lonely

    • 1977

      A Piece of the Action

    • 1979

      Oh What A Feeling

    • 1984

      Mavis Staples

    • 1988

      Don't Change Me Now

    • 1989

      Time Waits For No One

    • 1993

      The Voice

    • 1996

      Spirituals & Gospel

    • 2004

      Have A Little Faith

    • 2007

      We’ll Never Turn Back

    • 2008

      Hope Fit The Hideout

    • 2010

      You Are Not Alone

    • 2013

      One True Vine

    • POPS STAPLES

      NEW ALBUM & MINI-DOC

      TUESDAY, February 17th, 2015

      (via Pitchfork)

      Watch a brand-new mini-documentary about the making of Pops Staples’ final album, ‘Don’t Lose This’ – released today on Anti Records:

    • POPS STAPLES’

      NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE TODAY!

      TUESDAY, February 17th, 2015

      (via NPR)

      More than 15 years ago, Roebuck “Pops” Staples started recording his final album with his daughters, Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne of the gospel-R&B family act The Staple Singers. Pops was ailing, but his voice was strong.

      In time he became too weak to finish the album, and one day he called Mavis to his sickbed and asked her to play him a rough recording. She left him alone with the music, and when she came back, he smiled and told her, “Mavis, don’t lose this.”

      She didn’t. When she was ready, she asked her friend Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco to help her fill in the gaps on the recording. This week they’re releasing the final Pops Staples album, Don’t Lose This, together. Mavis Staples says it’s been a long time coming.

      “I would just break into tears anytime I heard Pops’ voice on these records. There never was a point that we didn’t want to release them; it was just the timing,” she says. “I knew that the record needed tweaking, so I said, who else to help me with this but my friend Jeff Tweedy? And he did that, and Tuesday we’ll have Pops on the radio.”

      Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy joined guest host Indira Lakshmanan on Weekend Edition Sunday to talk about Pops’ playfulness, the tremolo sound that made his guitar work so distinctive, and how he taught his young children to sing like “old folk.” Hear their conversation at the audio link here

      Stay tuned to MavisStaples.com and PopsStaples.com for the latest updates!

    • WALL STREET JOURNAL

      TALKS POPS STAPLES

      TUESDAY, February 3rd, 2015

      By Eric R. Danton
      The Wall Street Journal

      When Staple Singers patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples died in 2000, he left behind a collection of half-finished songs, along with instructions for his daughter Mavis: “Don’t lose this.” Now his admonition doubles as the title of his final album, “Don’t Lose This,” which Mavis Staples has completed in time to mark what would have been her father’s 100th year. The 10-track album includes the song “Friendship,” which premieres today on Speakeasy..

      It’s a poignant, easygoing song that praises the virtues of, well, friendship. Pops Staples plays guitar and sings lead in a mellow tenor, with backing vocals from his daughters, Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha Staples, who died in 2013.

      “When I listen to this song my mind goes back to when it was sent to us and Pops first heard it,” Mavis Staples says. “He loved it right off the bat. He put on his happy face, picked up his guitar and started working on it.”

      Mavis Staples completed “Don’t Lose This” with help from Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy, who produced her solo albums “You’re Not Alone” in 2010 and “One True Vine” in 2013. Tweedy played bass on “Friendship,” and his son, Spencer, played drums.

      “I’m so happy and relieved to finally get it finished,” Mavis Staples says of the album. “It’s like I kept my promise to my father. When he said to me ‘Don’t lose this,’ I knew that meant, ‘Let it be heard.’ I am so grateful for the help I’ve had from my friends in getting it finished and on being heard.”

      The Staple Singers started as a family gospel band in the late 1940s, then expanded into soul and R&B and helped provide a soundtrack to the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The group landed its biggest hit, “I’ll Take You There,” in 1971, and Pops Staples began performing on his own in the 1980s after Mavis launched a solo career. “Don’t Lose This” is his third solo album in a discography that also includes “Jammed Together,” an album Pops Staples recorded with Albert King and Steve Cropper in 1969.

      “Don’t Lose This” is due Feb. 17 on dBpm/Anti- Records. (Also on the way March 3 is Freedom Highway Complete,” an expanded edition of a concert album recorded when the Staples Singers performed in 1965 at New Nazareth Church in Chicago in support of the marches on Selma.)

      Listen to the new track “Friendship” here:

      Stay tuned to MavisStaples.com and PopsStaples.com for the latest updates!

    • POPS STAPLES’

      FINAL RECORDINGS TO BE RELEASED

      MONDAY, January 12th, 2015

      On February 17th, Anti Records and dBpm Records will release Pops Staples’ final recordings in an album titled ‘Don’t Lose This’.

      The album features Pop’s original vocals and guitar work alongside new contributions and production by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy.

      In 1990, Roebuck “Pops” Staples recorded a final session, capping an illustrious career as leader and patriarch of the Staples Singers. Unfinished at the time of his passing in 2000, the tapes went to his daughter, Mavis, who then waited for the right opportunity to finish the recording in the spirit Pops intended.

      When she began her series of remarkable collaborations with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, starting with 2010’s You Are Not Alone and continuing with 2013’s One True Vine, Mavis knew she had found the person to work on her father’s record.

      Mavis Staples: “It was meant to be our last work, but my sisters and I decided to let Pops sing, to let him have this one. … One day, Pops told me, ‘Mavis, bring that record up here, I want to hear it.’ I brought it up to the bedroom and he listened. When it was over, Pops told me, ‘Mavis, don’t lose this here.’ I said, ‘OK, Pops, I won’t lose it.’ And he just smiled. It was a moment I’ll never forget. He had this glow after listening to it; he loved it. So I kept it.”

      “I always said I was going to get it out there because Pops told me not to lose it. When he said, ‘Don’t lose this,’ that meant: ‘Let it be heard.’”

      Stay tuned to MavisStaples.com and PopsStaples.com for the latest updates!

    • ‘MAVIS!’

      NEW DOCUMENTARY TO PREMIERE AT SXSW

      SATURDAY, JANUARY 10th, 2015

      ‘Mavis!’ – the first feature-length documentary on gospel/soul music legend and civil rights icon Mavis Staples will premiere at SXSW 2015.

      The new documentary charts Mavis’ career and her influence on both music and civil rights, from its beginnings with The Staple Singers, (who first hit the charts in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day”), to her 2013 recording ‘One True Vine’.

      Watch an exclusive preview of ‘Mavis’ here.

    • ‘I’LL TAKE YOU THERE’

      CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES

      WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 2014

      BREAKING NEWS: Mayor Rahm Emmanuel of Chicago has declared November 19th “Mavis Staples Day” in Mavis’ hometown, Chicago, Illinois!

      Chicago, IL – On Wednesday, November 19, an extraordinary collection of musical artists will come together for I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, a special concert event taping honoring one of the most influential singers of our time. The concert will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL, and will feature star-studded collaborations by esteemed artists paying tribute to Mavis Staples’ music. The initial lineup includes music artists: Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Otis Clay, Ryan Bingham, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller, Aaron Neville, Widespread Panic, Grace Potter, Mavis Staples, and Marty Stuart. Staples will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

      Tickets go on sale Monday, September 29 at 10am CST via ticketmaster. Tickets will also be available at the Auditorium Theatre box office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

      Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director, leading an all-star band backing the amazing performers who will take the stage at this incredible concert event taping. Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the concert event. Was and Wortman’s recent work together includes extraordinary concert events honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, amongst others. I’LL TAKE YOU THERE – CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution.

      “There isn’t anyone Mavis doesn’t touch on a deep level,” said Was. “Not just musicians, but humans everywhere. She is truly one of the most powerful and inspiring American singers of all time.” Wortman continued, “We are privileged to produce a show of this magnitude that honors the music, love, and light that Mavis has brought to all of us throughout her career and lifetime.”

      Between the pedigree of Was and Wortman and the influence of Staples’ catalogue, I’LL TAKE YOU THERE – CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES is set to be one of the most memorable live music events of the year and decades to come.

      For more information:
      www.mavis75.com
      www.auditoriumtheatre.org

    • MAVIS TO PERFORM AT TRIBUTE CONCERT

      ‘THE LIFE & SONGS OF EMMYLOU HARRIS’

      TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, 2014

      WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, January 10, 2015, ​Mavis will join ​an extraordinary collection of music stars ​to come together for ‘The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All-Star Concert Celebration’. Mavis is thrilled ​to honor one of the most influential musicians of our time.

      The concert event taping will take place at DAR Constitution Hall, and will​ also​ feature performances by: Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Martina McBride, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Trampled By Turtles, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Rodney Crowell, Iron & Wine, Shawn Colvin, Shovels & Rope, Joan Baez, Sara Watkins and The Milk Carton Kids.

      Emmylou Harris will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

      Tickets go on sale at November 7 at 10am EST via ticketmaster.com, or at Ticketmaster locations or by phone at 800-745-3000.

      See more at: http://songsofemmylou.com

    • BONNIE RAITT & OTIS CLAY ADDED TO ALL-STAR LINEUP

      ‘I’LL TAKE YOU THERE’

      CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES

      CHICAGO, IL – November 19, 2014 – Bonnie Raitt and Otis Clay are the latest performers announced as part of the esteemed lineup of artists taking part in I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples, a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping honoring one of the most influential singers of our time. The concert will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL on November 19.

      In addition to the newly announced performers, the concert will feature a lineup of music stars, including: Gregg Allman, Ryan Bingham, Eric Church, Patty Griffin, Glen Hansard, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Michael McDonald, Buddy Miller,Keb’ Mo’, Aaron Neville, Joan Osborne, Widespread Panic, Grace Potter, Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy & Spencer Tweedy and Marty Stuart.

      Mavis will take the stage to perform with a number of special guests throughout the night. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.

      A final block of tickets starting at $75 is on sale now via ticketmaster. Tickets are also available at the Auditorium Theatre box office or by phone at 800-745-3000.

      Grammy Award-winner Don Was will serve as music director, leading an all-star band backing the amazing performers who will take the stage at this incredible concert event taping. Keith Wortman is the creator and executive producer of the concert event.

      Was and Wortman’s recent work together includes extraordinary concert events honoring music icons such as Johnny Cash, Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, amongst others. I’LL TAKE YOU THERE – CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES will be filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution.

      “As the producer, I am thrilled to welcome these incredible artists to this extraordinary concert event. As a music fan, I’m in awe of this lineup and can’t wait for music history to be made. November 19th in Chicago will be epic,” said show creator and executive producer Keith Wortman.

      Between the pedigree of Was and Wortman and the influence of Staples’ catalogue, I’LL TAKE YOU THERE – CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF MAVIS STAPLES is set to be one of the most memorable live music events of the year and decades to come.

      For more information:
      www.mavis75.com
      www.auditoriumtheatre.org

      About Mavis Staples:

      For six decades, Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music.

      Alongside the family group she is so identified with, the Staple Singers, she has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter.

      From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the Stax era with a series of soul anthems, from “I’ll Take You There” to “Respect Yourself,” Staples carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant.

      How many musicians can claim this: to exist outside a scene, outside genre, yet weaving themselves into the fabric of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, rock and blues?

      Many of the maverick names that come to mind are composers as well; that Staples has created her legacy as an interpreter of others makes her achievement all the more impressive.

      She gives voice to others; more than that, she gives voice to entire movements and to eras.

    • MAVIS TEAMS UP

      WITH THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS

      TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd, 2014

      Mavis has teamed up with The North Mississippi Allstars for a new track called “I’ve Been Buked” to be featured in the documentary film ‘Take Me to the River’. The film chronicles Memphis soul music. Esquire has the exclusive listen!

    • MAVIS PERFORMS

      WITH ARCADE FIRE

      WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27th, 2014

      Mavis Staples performs with Arcade Fire at Chicago’s United Center during the band’s ‘Reflektor’ tour, singing “This May Be The Last Time” (a traditional tune that the Staples Singers recorded back in 1955), and “The Last Time”, a Rolling Stones song which references the original. Watch a video of the performance here via Spin.

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