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At the close of our conversation, I thanked her, on behalf of everyone who has ever reached for a Staple Singers record during low times or times of much needed inspiration, and she said she takes solace in knowing that she's done her part. "I like to sing about what's happening. We knew we were living in trying times and we knew people needed something to lift them up."
Her unbridled talent and enthusiasm are unmatched and her passion for her art is still fully intact. And what's next for the lady who has lived a life full of music and enjoyed the companionship of a loving and nurturing family? Another record with Jeff Tweedy at the helm is on the horizon with a tentative release date of July, 2013. Her fondness and her admiration for Tweedy is apparent when she praises him for the "beautiful words" he writes for her to sing, though it's not all seriousness. "He thinks he knows me so well," she snickered. "I like to fool him. I kid with him."
Her week has been filled with drives across Chicago to work with Tweedy in the studio on the new album and she sounds downright giddy when discussing the new material in the works.
It's safe to say that the charm and charisma that have oozed from Mavis Staples's gut-wrenching vocal performances for decades are matched only by her true life persona. Our conversation filled my afternoon with joy and elation, and gave me new insight into her amazing journey as a professional musician and lover of music.
But, the real treat lies ahead; Mavis Staples live and on stage this Saturday night doing what she does best, what she was born to do, treating us to the sheer power and beauty of one of the most unforgettable voices of our time.
Tyler- I can't believe how talented of a writer you are. This article was beautifully…
Great interview! Give the interviewer a full time job! He's great!
The DJ was actually The Castle's very own DJ Tom Gold :)
Fabulous review Gabe! Too bad I missed it.