Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Several days ago I had the opportunity of a lifetime to speak with the great Mavis Staples. We talked about her new album, "You are Not Alone", and about her legendary career.

Mavis Staples began her career with her family’s gospel group in 1950, when she was just in her teens. The Staples Singers were referred to as “God’s Greatest Hit Makers”. They were heavily involved in the Civil Rights movement. The group has been recognized with numerous awards for that involvement, as has Miss Mavis, as an individual.

The Staples Singers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. Mavis was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. She’s been nominated for many other Grammy’s including two in 2010; one of them for an album, “Live: Hope at the Hideout”, that was named one of the best live albums of all time by Amazon.com.

The City of Chicago declared June 12, 2005 as Mavis Staples Day, and the State of Illinois did the same on June 19, 2007.

Miss Mavis’ latest album, “You Are Not Alone” was produced by Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco. It was released this fall and she’s promoted it on Jay Leno, David Letterman, and the Colbert Report. She was also featured at John Stewarts’s “Rally to Restore Sanity”

Rolling Stone Magazine says, “Mavis Staples is the most underrated diva of the century. She has an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion."

You can hear my interview with Mavis Staples in its entirety this Thursday night (January 13th) on my Dirty Roots Radio Show. It will be part of our annual Martin Luther King Tribute. The first hour of the program will be devoted to songs of hope, struggle, revolution, and change. We'll feature some clips of Dr. King's greatest speeches, as well as audio of some of our friends reading their favorite MLK quotes. In the second hour, we'll air the interview with Mavis Staples, with tracks from throughout her career interspersed.

See the full details on Dirty Roots Radio and this week's special show by clicking HERE

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