Two artists hailing from different sides of the Atlantic but both bound by the spirit of social justice and activism come together for a special celebration of music.
Mavis Staples is a Lifetime Grammy Award winner, National Heritage Fellowship award winner, five-time Blues Music Award winner, Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee and honored as one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock. Mavis (with The Staple Singers and on her own) is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots. With Ry Cooder on board as producer, Mavis reached back to the Freedom Songs of the 60's for her latest studio CD, We'll Never Turn Back and also recently released her first live solo CD Live: Hope at the Hideout. Mavis will release a new studio CD in 2010.
Billy Bragg has been described by The Times in London as a "national treasure." Finding inspiration in the socially conscious folk tradition of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan, Bragg has spent over two decades making an indelible mark on the conscience of British music that has carried over to the US and Canada. He has released consistently celebrated solo records as well as two Grammy nominated albums with Wilco - Mermaid Avenue (1998) and Mermaid Avenue, Volume II (2000). Bragg's most recent CD Mr. Love and Justice (2008) blends social justice with the power of personal relationships.
*Booked as a joint project between The Rosebud Agency and The Agency Group.