Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cover Thursdays- Write Myself A Tune

Mavis Staples is legendary in the world of music and civil rights.  Her music career started in 1950, when she toured with her family group at the age of 11.  The Staples music was a virtual soundtrack to the Civil Rights movement of the '60's, covering songs of change by the likes of Bob Dylan and Stephen Stills.  Keeping with her activist message that has defined her career, Mavis Staples appeared at John Stewart and Stephen Colbert's "Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear" in October 2010.  Side note: I was there and it was awesome!  Anyway, joining her on stage was Jeff Tweedy, lead singers of Wilco, and producer on Staples' latest album You Are Not Alone.  In February, Mavis Staples won her very first Grammy, as You Are Not Alone took home the award for "Best Americana Album".

Take a listen to the legendary Mavis Staples performing Creedance Clearwater Revival's "Wrote A Song For Everyone" alongside Jeff Tweedy.  Her voice should be considered a national treasure.

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