Mavis Staples

4:07pm

Tue June 25, 2013
Music

For Mavis Staples, 'One True Vine' Brings Together Kindred Spirits

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 10:24 am

Mavis Staples has been performing for more than six decades. One True Vine is her second album-length collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.
Zoran Orlic Courtesy of the artist

On their second collaboration, One True Vine, Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy assemble a story using songs written by various artists, dotted by frequent lyrical references to The Staple Singers. The album follows a narrative arc of struggle, acceptance and salvation that's mirrored in the crescendo and decrescendo of the music, starting out low and slow.

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7:00am

Mon August 9, 2010
Tiny Desk Concerts

Mavis Staples: Tiny Desk Concert

Wayne Huang/NPR
  • Audio Only: Mavis Staples' Tiny Desk Concert

Mavis Staples is a legend, but she's not stuck in the past. You probably know her work with her family band, The Staple Singers, which was all over the radio in the '70s with hits like "Respect Yourself," "Let's Do It Again" and "I'll Take You There" (which she excerpts in her performance here).

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