APRIL 2013: Mavis Staples Reunites With Wilco's Jeff Tweedy For Her New Album, One True Vine, Out June 25, 2013
Mavis Staples has teamed up again with producer Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) for their second full-length record, One True Vine, out June 25, 2013 via Anti- Records. The album follows their Grammy-winning collaboration in 2010, You Are Not Alone. Recorded in Tweedy's renowned Chicago home studio, The Loft, the album features Tweedy playing on nearly every instrument except drums, which were played by his seventeen-year-old son. The album's single, a cover of "Can You Get To That" from the Funkadelic classic, Maggot Brain, premiered on Pitchfork. The album also features tracks written specifically for Mavis by Tweedy and Nick Lowe.
Mavis has been described by Rolling Stone as having "an almost superhuman ability to implant the pure power of passion and emotion." She just returned from a series of dates in Australia with Bonnie Raitt and dates in New Zealand with Wilco directly prior to her appearance at the White House for the filming of a PBS All-Star show dedicated to Memphis Soul on April 9. Mavis will be touring internationally in support of One True Vine.
APRIL 2013: Mavis Staples And Charlie Musselwhite To Perform At White House All-Star Celebration Of Memphis Soul
Mavis Staples and Charlie Musselwhite performed at The White House for the special music event, "In Performance at the White House: Memphis Soul". This performance celebrates "the timeless classics of Memphis Soul," honoring the "memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that came from Memphis, Tennessee and legendary labels like Stax-Volt Records." The all-star event includes performances by Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore and Justin Timberlake, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. The event was taped on April 9 for a sixty-minute PBS special to be broadcast nationwide starting on Tuesday, April 16 at 8pm EST (check local listings). This is the tenth "In Performance at the White House" that The President and First Lady have hosted to date.
Mavis and Charlie have also been invited, along with a few of the other performers, to participate in the First Lady's student workshop earlier in the day on April 9. The First Lady will host this interactive workshop for middle and high school students from across the country. At this workshop, Mavis and Charlie will have the opportunity to share their experiences in music as well as answer questions from the students. The workshop, "Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul", begins at 11:00am and will also be streamed live on whitehouse.gov/live.
Mavis Staples will release her new record in June. The new CD sees Mavis working once again with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, following up their previous collaboration on her GRAMMY winning album, You Are Not Alone. Stay tuned for more information about the new CD.
Working with Stax Records today, Charlie Musselwhite recently collaborated on the critically and commercially acclaimed Get Up! with Ben Harper via the legendary label. No Depression declared the CD as, "the first great album of 2013." The pair have just returned from playing shows in Australia and will continue to perform together on select dates in the US and Europe throughout the summer.
FEBRUARY 2013: GRAMMY / MusiCares News: Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite And More
Mavis Staples was featured at MusiCares' star-studded tribute honoring Bruce Springsteen as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year on February 8, 2013. At the event, Mavis joined 2013 GRAMMY Award Winner Zac Brown to perform Springsteen's "My City Of Ruins". Hosted by Jon Stewart, the event took place at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mavis also performed during the televised GRAMMY Awards Ceremony on February 10, 2013 during a tribute to the late Levon Helm. She collaborated on stage with Elton John, Mumford & Sons, T Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes), and Zac Brown for a performance of The Band's "The Weight".
Charlie Musselwite was also featured at the MusiCares Person of the Year ceremony in a performance with Ben Harper and Natalie Maines (of Dixie Chicks). During his acceptance speech, Springsteen noted that he had opened for Charlie some forty years ago in San Francisco. Also featured at the event performing classic Springsteen songs were Neil Young, Patti Smith, Sting, Elton John, Tim McGraw, Eddie Vedder, Tom Morello, Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, John Legend, and Mumford & Sons. Please see the set list at billboard.com.
2013 GRAMMY Nominated Ruthie Foster was also interviewed on the official pre-telecast live stream of the 2013 GRAMMY Awards. To check out video clips from the 2013 GRAMMY Awards and this year's pre-telecast ceremony, please visit grammy.com/live.
In other GRAMMY news, Bonnie Raitt's Slipstream featuring Bill Frisell and a composition by Joe Henry and Rosebud artist Loudon Wainwright III won the GRAMMY for Best Americana Album. Additionally, Zac Brown Band's Uncaged (featuring Trombone Shorty on "Overnight) won Best Country Album. Congrats to all of this year's GRAMMY winners and nominees!
To Catch Mavis Staples, Charlie Musselwhite, Ruthie Foster, Loudon Wainwright III, Bill Frisell and Trombone Shorty Live, See Tour Dates >>
FEBRUARY 2013: Mavis Staples To Perform At The 2013 GRAMMY Awards Ceremony, "Love For Levon" Concert Broadcast And Video Release
Mavis Staples will perform at the 2013 GRAMMY Awards Ceremony on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Mavis will join Elton John, Mumford & Sons, T Bone Burnett, Brittany Howard (of Alabama Shakes) and Zac Brown on stage in a tribute to the late Levon Helm. The all star cast of musicians will perform one of Helm and The Band's most popular songs, "The Weight". Mavis had been working with Levon just prior to his passing. Their most famous collaboration was The Staple Singers' performance at the Band's legendary performance / film, The Last Waltz. Other artists slated to perform at the GRAMMY Awards include Justin Timberlake, Jack White, the Black Keys, Sting, Bruno Mars and Rihanna. The ceremony is scheduled to air live on CBS at 7:00pm CT.
In related news, a DVD of the October 3, 2012 tribute concert for Helm, Love For Levon, will be released on March 19, 2013. The concert features performances from Mavis along with a star studded group of artists including Garth Hudson, Gregg Allman, John Mayer, Grace Potter, Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Jakob Dylan, Allen Toussaintand Dierks Bentley. The concert will also air February 14, 2013 on AXS-TV (formerly HDNet) and will be broadcast on PBS during its spring pledge drive.
JANUARY 2013: Mavis Staples To Perform At Grammy MusiCares Bruce Springsteen Tribute
Mavis Staples will perform on February 8th at the star-studded tribute for Bruce Springsteen, who is being honored as the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year for his "exceptional artistic achievements and philanthropic work." The sold-out Grammy Awards Gala concert will be held in Los Angeles two days before the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Ceremony. Past honorees of the MusiCares Person of the Year include Tony Bennett, Bono, Neil Diamond, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, and Neil Young.
Mavis will be featured along with Alabama Shakes, Jackson Browne, Kenny Chesney, Ben Harper, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Jim James, Elton John, Juanes, John Legend, Natalie Maines, Tim McGraw, Tom Morello, Mumford & Sons, Patti Smith, Sting, Eddie Vedder and Neil Young, with additional performers to be announced shortly. The event, whose mission is to ensure that "music people have a place to turn [to] in times of financial, medical and personal need", will be hosted by Jon Stewart.
This prestigious GRAMMY event follows Mavis' recent appearance on Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report where she was featured as a special Christmas guest alongside Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and Sean Lennon. Mavis is also set to release a new studio album later this year, a follow up to her GRAMMY winning CD You Are Not Alone.
DECEMBER 2012: Mavis Staples On The Colbert Report With Jeff Tweedy And Sean Lennon - December 13
Mavis Staples, 2011 Grammy Winner for the Best Americana Album, appeared on The Colbert Report Thursday, December 13 on Comedy Central. Mavis was featured as a special guest Caroler for Colbert's Christmas Carol Week and was joined by Sean Lennon and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco). Tweedy, who produced and wrote two songs on Mavis' Grammy winning album You Are Not Alone, also appeared on the show with Mavis in 2010. Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples are currently in the studio working on Staples' upcoming 2013 release.
Colbert's Christmas Carol Week sees his special guest carolers performing their renditions of Holiday classics. Mavis performed John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". Mavis, Lennon and Tweedy were also accompanied by the Harlem Gospel Choir. It is available on iTunes and all proceeds go to Sandy relief.
NOVEMBER 2012: Mavis Staples Gets Her Due In Michael Jackson Documentary, Bad 25
In Spike Lee's Bad 25, a documentary about the creation of Michael Jackson's seventh studio album and groundbreaking video, "Bad", Roots drummer Questlove confirms that Jackson's use of the catch phrase "Shamone" was a tribute to Mavis Staples. The film shows a young Mavis Staples using "Shamone" during a 1970s performance of The Staple Singers' song "I'll Take You There". While the origin of the word was clear to Mavis and others in the industry, Lee's efforts to preserve and spread the genius of the late pop icon have also reaffirmed Jackson's respect for Mavis Staples. The documentary, which Spike Lee called his "love letter" to Jackson, made its U.S. Television premier on ABC on Thanksgiving, November 22nd, 2012. It features interviews with superstars Martin Scorsese, Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Cee-Lo Green and Chris Brown among others.
The Austin City Limits performance was taped at the Moody Theater during Mavis' 35 date tour with Bonnie Raitt. The performance captures the essence of their tour, during which Mavis opened for and collaborated on stage with Bonnie each night to the enthusiastic response from their audiences. Mavis' setlist on ACL includes songs taken from her 2011 Grammy winning CD You Are Not Alone, which featured and was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. The setlist also includes classic Staple Singers songs "Freedom Highway" and "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." Bonnie Raitt performs with Mavis and her band on the latter, as well as performing alongside them on "Losing You," a song taken from Mavis' You Are Not Alone.
The ACL broadcast comes just weeks after Mavis' participation in a tribute concert for the late Levon Helm. The concert, held in early October, was a celebration of the life and music of the acclaimed musician. Mavis had collaborated with Levon recently and their most famous collaboration was The Staple Singers' performance at The Last Waltz.
Mavis has recently announced select dates with Bonnie Raitt in Australia in 2013. Catch Mavis Staples perform live, see Tour Dates >>
Mavis Staples is a featured performer on From Dust to Dreams: Opening Night at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts airing on PBS Friday September 21, 2012 at 9 p.m. EDT. Filmed in Las Vegas, the event was hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and showcases legendary performing artists including Jennifer Hudson, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride, Carole King, Joshua Bell and John Fogerty. Among many rare collaborations, Staples partnered with Carole King for a performance of King's classic "You've Got a Friend." As a part of PBS's multi-platform arts initiative, the special will showcase performing artists from not only the music world, but also from television, stage and the silver screen. The executive producer, Emmy Award winner Michael Stevens ("Kennedy Center Honors"), stated "We set out to celebrate the best of the American creative spirit…on the occasion of the opening of a world class performing arts center… It's not every day that you get the chance to see such a range of artists…”
At this writing Mavis Staples is wrapping up the final dates of her thirty-five-night US tour with Bonnie Raitt. The two old friends have collaborated onstage every night to enthusiastic responses from crowds across North America. To catch Mavis Staples live on stage, see Tour Dates >>
AUGUST 2012: Mavis Staples Featured in Levon Helm Tribute and On Austin City Limits With Bonnie Raitt
Mavis Staples will be a featured performer at Love for Levon, a celebration of the life and music of Levon Helm. Staples, along with other major artists including John Mayer, Dierks Bentley, Ray LaMontagne, Greg Allman and My Morning Jacket, will perform at the tribute on October 3rd at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, NJ. The concert will benefit the preservation of Helm's legacy by aiding his family in retaining ownership of his home and famed recording studio in Woodstock, NY (the birthplace of The Midnight Ramble Sessions).
Staples and Helm were originally scheduled to collaborate at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As Helm passed away shortly before the Festival, Mavis performed with her own band and paid tribute to Helm by performing The Band classic, "The Weight," with special guest Glen Hansard. The overflow crowd responded with an extended and emotional standing ovation. The Helm-Staples relationship was first documented when Mavis and The Staple Singers joined The Band's performance of "The Weight," for the classic 1976 concert Martin Scorsese film, The Last Waltz.
A highlight of Mavis' current tour with Bonnie Raitt was their recent Austin City Limits performance at the Moody Theatre. Bonnie described the scene as a "soul sisters extravaganza." The performance is scheduled to air October 20th on PBS. For more details and to view the performance online visit acltv.com.
JULY 2012: Rosebud Artists Marcia Ball and Mavis Staples Are Winners In The 2012 Living Blues Awards
Rosebud artists Marcia Ball and Mavis Staples have been named as winners in Living Blues magazine's 2012 Readers' Poll (issue #220). Marcia won all three of the categories she was nominated for, including Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard) - her fourth win in this category since 2007. This year also sees Marcia named Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and also as the winner for Best Blues Album of 2011 (New Release) for her CD, Roadside Attractions. Mavis Staples was named Most Outstanding Blues Singer. She won this same category in last year's Living Blues Critics' Poll.
Congratulations to Marcia and Mavis! To catch either artist performing live, see Tour Dates >>
JULY 2012: Mavis Staples And Meshell Ndegeocello In Tribute To The Life And Music Of Curtis Mayfield
Mavis Staples and Meshell Ndegeocello were both featured at New York's Lincoln Center, celebrating the life and music of Curtis Mayfield. The night, billed as "Here But I'm Gone: A 70th Birthday Tribute to Curtis Mayfield", took place on July 20 and featured the surviving members of The Impressions (the group originally led by Mayfield in the Sixties) and an array of special guests including Mavis and Meshell as well as; Dr. Lonnie Smith, William Bell, Sinéad O'Connor, The Roots, Ryan Montbleau, Aloe Blacc, Bilal, Inyang Bassey, Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, with band leader Binky Griptite of the Dap-Kings.
The evening's event also celebrated the launch of the Curtis Mayfield Foundation, set up in his name to help disadvantaged youth progress in the arts.
The concert showcased the immense influence and impact Mayfield's vast musical catalogue has had across the decades, from Meshell's rendition of "Pusherman" - a song that was featured on Mayfield's 1972 Hit soundtrack album Superfly - through to Mavis' performance of "This is My Country". A song symbolic, in tying together Mavis and Mayfield's long history of activism since the early days of the Civil Rights Movement to the musical collaboration between Mayfield and The Staple Singers.
Mavis also joined The Impressions on stage, ripping through The Staples Singers/Mayfield collaboration on their number-one hit song "Let's Do It Again", originally released as the soundtrack to the movie of the same name that starred Sidney Poitier and Bill Crosby.
Rounding off the evening's celebration was an encore that featured the all-star line-up, raising the roof with feel-good funk classic "Move On Up", with Rolling Stone praising it as, "a collective soul-stirring rendition....ending the show with the kind of uplifting note that any true payment of respect to Curtis Mayfield's positive force certainly demanded."
Marcia Ball was nominated for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard), both being categories she won last year. She won the former category in 2009 as well. This year Marcia is also nominated for Best Blues Album of 2011 for her CD, Roadside Attractions.
Ruthie Foster was also nominated for Blues Artist of the Year (Female) for the second year in a row - this being a category she won in the Critic's Poll in 2010. This year she also brought in a nomination for Best Blues DVD of 2011 with Ruthie Foster - Live At Antone's.
Mavis Staples is also acknowledged as a nominee for Most Outstanding Blues Singer, a category she won in the 2011 Critic's Poll in which she also won as Blues Artist of the Year.
Duke Robillard earns a nomination for Most Outstanding Musician (Guitar), a category he has won 4 times in the Blues Music Awards (of an impressive 14 nominations).
You can vote at livingblues.com for your choices, as well as write-in candidates. All ballots must be received by July 10, 2012. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Check out these artists performing live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2012: Bonnie Raitt's New Album Features Bill Frisell and Cover of Loudon Wainwright III Song, Plus Mavis Staples Joins Bonnie's Summer Tour
NOVEMBER 2011: Mavis Staples To Perform On VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul Premiering December 19, 2011 - Honoring The Great Cities Of Soul Music
Mavis Staples will perform on VH1's Divas Celebrate Soul at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom to pay tribute to the great cities of soul music - Chicago, Detroit, London, Memphis and Philadelphia. VH1's Divas Celebrate Soul premieres Monday, December 19 at 9 PM/8c on VH1. Joining Mavis on the show are Chaka Khan, Erykah Badu, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Boyz II Men, Estelle and Travie McCoy.
"Celebrating the soul music borne out of some of the world's greatest cities being performed by today's top artists with the iconic legends that put soul music on the map prove this year's 'Divas' will be a must-see event," said Lee Rolontz, EVP, Original Music Production & Development, VH1 and VH1 Classic.
Accompanied by one of the most exciting groups of modern soul, The Roots, with Questlove as musical director, each diva will pay tribute through not only their own soul-inspired songs, but some of the greatest classics that have shaped a genre.
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Mavis was included on VH1's list of 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll and on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. A Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee with The Staple Singers (1999), and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Winner (2005), Staples recently won a Grammy in 2011 for You Are Not Alone (produced by Jeff Tweedy) for Best Americana Album.
Bill Frisell scored high in three categories, placing in the top 10 Jazz Albums of the Year for Beautiful Dreamers, in the top 5 for Best Guitarist (a category he has won 3 times in the past) and among the Best Beyond Albums for his collaboration with Vinicius Cantuária, Lagrimas Mexicanas.
JULY 2011: Rosebud Artists Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite Honored at 2011 Living Blues Awards
Top honors were awarded to Rosebud artists Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball and Charlie Musselwhite at the 18th Annual Living Blues Awards. Mavis won the Critics' Poll Blues Artist of the Year Award (Female) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer. In the Readers' Poll, Marcia was awarded Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard). For the fifth year in a row Charlie won Readers' Poll Most Outstanding Musician award (Harmonica). Congratulations Mavis, Marcia and Charlie!
JULY 2011: Bill Frisell Honored With 10TH DownBeat Critics Poll Win For Guitarist of the Year - Allen Toussaint, Trombone Shorty, Bettye LaVette, Dr. John, Charlie Musselwhite, Mavis Staples Also Recognized
Allen Toussaint was named in the Arranger category; Trombone Shorty was recognized in both the Trombone and Rising Star: Trombone categories. Bettye LaVette, Dr. John and Charlie Musselwhite were all named in the Blues Artist category. Charlie received an additional nod in the Blues Album category, while Dr. John was also named in the Beyond Artist category. Mavis Staplesand Bettye LaVette were both recognized in the Beyond Album category. The late Muddy Waters (a Rosebud artist until his passing) was also named as one of the finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame.
As usual, many of Bill Frisell's frequent and recent collaborators were also honored: Jason Moran was awarded Jazz Artist Of The Year, Jazz Album Of The Year, and Piano of the Year, as well as being named in the Rising Star: Jazz Artist, Composer and Rising Star: Composer categories; Joe Lovano Us Five was awarded Jazz Group of the Year and Joe was also named in the Jazz Artist, Jazz Album, Soprano and Tenor Saxophone categories; Paul Motian was awarded Drummer of the Year and he was also named in the Hall of Fame and Jazz Artist categories; Dave Holland was awarded Acoustic Bass of the Year and was named in the Jazz Album, Composer, Arranger and Jazz Group categories; Jenny Scheinman was named in the Violin category; and Bill's Manager and Producer, Lee Townsend, was named in both the Producer and Rising Star: Producer categories.
Film critic Roger Ebert notes in his review, "Mavis Staples, whose father [Pops Staples] links back to the earliest days of gospel, is a warm presence throughout the film, calling on personal memories of many of the artists... this is an engaging film filled with love for the music." Check out some clips from the film in this two-thumbs-up review from Ebert Presents At The Movies (PBS). The critics point out the strength of the film lies in it's maintaining incredible full-song performances in it's presentation of archival material.
The Rosebud Agency's 2011 Living Blues Awards Nominees: Blues Artist of the Year (Female):
- Marcia Ball
- Ruthie Foster
- Bettye LaVette
Most Outstanding Blues Singer: Mavis Staples
Most Outstanding Musician (Harmonica): Charlie Musselwhite
Most Outstanding Musician (Keyboard): Marcia Ball
Best Blues Album of 2010 (New Recordings): Charlie Musselwhite - The Well
Last year Charlie received his eighth Living Blues Award for Outstanding Musician (and his fourth in a row) and Ruthie was honored with Blues Artist of the Year (Female) in the Critics' Poll. Marcia was awarded in 2009 for both categories she's nominated in this year, adding to her wins in the Outstanding Musician category in 2007 and 2008. Bettye has previously been honored with two Reader's and three Critics' Awards, including Blues Artist of the Year (Female) and Most Outstanding Blues Singer. Mavis has also previously been honored with two Critics' Awards including Blues Artist of the Year (Female).
MAY 2011: 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree From Berklee College of Music
2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples received an Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music on May 7, 2011 (read the full story). Berklee president Roger H. Brown presented the honorary degree to Mavis for her dedication to bringing gospel music to the mainstream and aspiring to uplift and bring about social change through music.
"Well, I finally made it to college. Finally!" said Mavis upon receiving her degree. "I'm so deeply honored, and I sit here in awe of these smiling beautiful faces. I know the world is waiting for you, and you're ready to go out and bring the joy of music to the world."
Mavis was joined by fellow honorees Michael McDonald; Chucho Valdés and his father, Bebo Valdés; and Kenny Garrett. This year's honorary doctorate recipients were recognized for their achievements in contemporary music, for their enduring contributions to popular culture, and for the influence their careers and music have had over Berklee's international student body. They join esteemed past recipients including David Bowie, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sting, B.B. King, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Loretta Lynn, Quincy Jones, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Smokey Robinson, and Patti Labelle. The honors took place during Berklee's 2011 commencement, held at the Agganis Arena at Boston University for the graduating class and an estimated crowd of more than 4,000 guests.
Catch Mavis performing live on stage as she tours extensively in the coming months, including stops at Levon Helm's legendary Midnight Ramble, Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, dates with Dr. John & the Lower 911 Band and New Orleans' Essence Music Festival among many more. Please see Tour Dates >>
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APRIL 2011: 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples Featured on CBS Sunday Morning's Sunday Profile
Mavis proclaimed in the piece, "I was put here to sing. I was put here to spread the word. To bring ya'll a message. To inspire you. To motivate you. You know, that's what Mavis is about. That's my life... Ain't no stopping me, I will sing. You know, you'd have to come and scoop me off the stage. I'm gonna sing till I die. I will sing until I die. No need stopping."
Mavis won the 2011 GRAMMY for You Are Not Alone in the Best Americana Album category. She is currently in the midst of a South Pacific tour which includes performances at the giant Byron Bay Blues Festival in Australia, the Sydney Opera House with fellow Rosebud artists The Blind Boys of Alabama (collaborating here with Aaron Neville) and dates in New Zealand also paired with the Blind Boys. Catch Mavis live on stage, including a June 3rd stop at Levon Helm's legendary Midnight Ramble in Woodstock NY, followed by performances at the Mountain Jam and Bonnaroo festivals among many other Highlights coming soon. Please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2011: 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples Featured on NPR's Mountain Stage Premiering April 1st
2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples will be featured on NPR's Mountain Stage, premiering April 1, 2011. The following week the show will be posted to NPR's archive on their website here. Mavis' performance was recorded at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland as part of the Celtic Connections Festival in January 2011. Mountain Stage is broadcast on over 170 NPR stations, click here to find a station in your area that broadcasts the show.
Mavis has been having a phenomenal year so far. Following her GRAMMY Win for You Are Not Alone (Best Americana Album) and her performance at the GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony (singing alongside Cyndi Lauper, Betty Wright and Maria Muldaur with both Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd featured on guitars), she was featured on Conan O'Brien's show "Conan" on the TBS network. Two days later on March 4th, Mavis was honored with the NAACP Image Award for You Are Not Alone in the Outstanding Gospel Album category. Mavis also performed "America The Beautiful" at the Award Ceremony, broadcast live on FOX TV, in a segment to recognize the 2011 NAACP President's Award Recipient, Gen. Colin Powell.
Catch Mavis performing live on stage, including a Tour of Australia and New Zealand in mid-April (on which half the dates will be shared with fellow Rosebud artists The Blind Boys of Alabama , who on these dates will feature Aaron Neville). Please see Tour Dates >>
MARCH 2011: Mavis Staples Honored with NAACP Image Award for You Are Not Alone (Outstanding Gospel Album) and Featured Live at Award Ceremony
2011 GRAMMY winnerMavis Staples was honored with the NAACP Image Award for You Are Not Alone in the Outstanding Gospel Album category, in a ceremony held at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium on March 4, 2011. Mavis also performed "America The Beautiful" at the 42nd Award Ceremony, broadcast live on FOX TV, in a segment to recognize the 2011 NAACP President's Award Recipient, Gen. Colin Powell. Mavis recently won the GRAMMY Award for You Are Not Alone in the Best Americana Album category. The album has become the most successful of her solo career.
The NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier multi-cultural awards show celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts (television, recording, literature, motion picture and writing & directing), as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors. Congratulations Mavis!
FEBRUARY 2011: 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples To Perform on Conan on the TBS Network March 2nd
2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples will be featured on Conan O'Brien's show "Conan" on the TBS network Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011. Last season, Mavis performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Colbert Report, as well as being a featured performer at the Jon Stewart / Stephen Colbert Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear in Washington, DC.
Mavis was recently honored with the GRAMMY Award for Best Americana Album for her latest CD, You Are Not Alone, which was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Some of Mavis' previous honors include induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame; a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award; five Blues Music Awards; a National Heritage Fellowship Award presented by The National Endowment for the Arts; a First Amendment Center / Americana Music Association Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award; inclusion on both Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll; and by recently having "Mavis Staples Day" proclaimed by both the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.
FEBRUARY 2011: Thanks To Mountain Stage (NPR) Encores For Loudon Wainwright III, Pieta Brown, David Lindley, John Hammond, Mavis Staples, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Thank you to Mountain Stage, who are re-broadcasting six Rosebud artists' performances, from mid-February through the beginning of April. Loudon Wainwright III and Pieta Brown are both featured in an episode airing the week after February 18th (the "week after" runs from Friday to the following Friday). David Lindley and John Hammond are both featured in a program airing the week after March 11th and 2011 GRAMMY Winner Mavis Staples is featured in the show airing the week after April 1st. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue's performance was recently re-broadcast in an episode which aired after February 11th.
FEBRUARY 2011: Mavis Staples Wins The GRAMMY for You Are Not Alone (Best Americana Album)
The legendary Mavis Staples has won her first GRAMMY for her album You Are Not Alone in the Best Americana Album category. The album has become the most successful of Mavis' solo career. Upon receiving her GRAMMY, the clearly amazed and grateful Mavis delivered a moving, heartfelt speech. "Oh my God, that was the shock of my life," she said. "My goodness. It's been a long time, a long time coming," and pledging, "I'm going to be around a while. You have not seen the last of me. God is not through with me."
Shortly before her victory, Mavis performed "Wang Dang Doodle" at the GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, singing alongside Cyndi Lauper, Betty Wright and Maria Muldaur with both Buddy Guy and Kenny Wayne Shepherd featured on guitars.
While this is Mavis' first Grammy win for a CD, she was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005, in recognition of her earlier work with her family, The Staple Singers. She was also nominated last year for her album Live: Hope At The Hideout (Best Contemporary Blues Album); nominated in 2005 for her collaboration with fellow Rosebud artist (for international representation outside North America) Dr. John on "Lay My Burden Down" (Best Gospel Performance) and nominated in 2003 with Bob Dylan (Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals) for their duet "Gotta Change My Way of Thinking."
FEBRUARY 2011: GRAMMY Nominees Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty to Perform at GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony February 13
GRAMMY nominees Mavis Staples and Trombone Shorty will each perform at the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony, taking place on Sunday, February 13th from 1 - 4pm (PST) at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mavis and Trombone Shorty will be joining fellow GRAMMY nominees performing at the event including including Buddy Guy, Cyndi Lauper and Kenny Wayne Shepherd among others. Mavis is nominated for Best Americana Album for You Are Not Alone, while Trombone Shorty's Backatown is nominated for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. The event will be streamed live internationally on grammy.com/live and youtube.com/thegrammys beginning at 1 pm (PST) and will remain on GRAMMY.com as video on demand for 30 days following the event. Best of luck to the nominees! Check out both Mavis and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue live on stage, please see Tour Dates >>
Also recognized on the album list:
- Elvis Costello's National Ransom, which features Jim Lauderdale and for which Jim co-wrote the song "I Lost You."
- Cyndi Lauper's GRAMMY Nominated Memphis Blues which features Charlie Musselwhite and Allen Toussaint
In addition, Captain Beefheart's "Big Eyed Beans From Venus" reissue was recognized in the year's top singles list. The late Captain Beefheart was a Rosebud artist until his retirement in 1981.