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MAVIS STAPLES SHARES “LOVE AND TRUST” ON MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY

Gospel/blues titan and civil-rights warrior” – Paste

“Staples’s voice has a strength and endurance not heard in years” – The New Yorker

“I’ve stretched out—I’m singing songs that rock stars have written for me,” explained Mavis Staples, “but they know me and the kind of songs I want to sing.” This includes “Love and Trust,” composed by Ben Harper, which is also the opening song on Live in London.  “I love that song, it’s a beauty,” she says. “I’ve been sending a message of love and trust since the Sixties, and I’m still searching for that.”

Live in London is Mavis Staples’ first live album in ten years, set for release on February 8, 2019. Recorded over two nights at London’s Union Chapel (which she calls “the best place in the world to sing”) and produced by Staples herself, Live in London reveals that the singer retains astonishing power after seventy years as a performer. While her repertoire continues to expand, her philosophy is unchanged since her days in the groundbreaking family group the Staple Singers.

Ironically, her last live record—2008’s Hope at the Hideout—was cut against the background of her fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama’s historic election, while the new album inevitably addresses the horrors of the Donald Trump era. Notably, though the Staple Singers were responsible for such indelible anthems as “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself,” Live in London delivers its own powerful sounds and formidable statements without including those classics. “Of course I still perform those songs,” says Staples, “but we didn’t see any need for them to be on the record. This gives people a chance to hear what we’re doing now.”

The focus of this collection is material Staples has recorded since signing with ANTI- Records in 2007, and in that time Staples has had songs written for her by iconoclastic artists like Nick Cave, Neko Case, and Merrill Garbus (Tune-Yards); collaborated with modern rock powerhouses Arcade Fire, Gorillaz, and Hozier; and recorded multiple albums with Jeff Tweedy from Wilco.

“It’s kind of unbelievable to me that I’m still recording,” says Staples. “I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love—I’m just overwhelmed, really. I thank God every night before I go to bed and then again every morning for waking up.”

2019 TOUR DATES
2/21 – Paducah, KY – Clemens Fine Arts Center
2/22 – Robinsonville, MS – Horseshoe Tunica Hotel & Casino
2/24 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel w/ Buddy Guy
3/22 – Jackson, MS – Thalia Mara Hall
3/29 – Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Resort & Casino
4/13 – Decatur, GA – Amplify Decatur Music Festival
4/18 – Byron Bay, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/20 – Tyagarah, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/21 – Tyagarah, Australia – Byron Bay Bluesfest
4/23 – Auckland, New Zealand – The Civic w/ Tami Neilson
5/2 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
5/31 – Ogden, UT – Ogden Music Festival
6/23 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
6/25 – Norrmalm, Sweden – Nalen
6/27 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Theater Carré

‘LIVE IN LONDON’ TRACK LISTING
1. Love and Trust (Written by Ben Harper)
2. Who Told You That (Written by Jeff Tweedy)
3. Slippery People (Written by Talking Heads)
4. What You Gonna Do – Intro
5. What You Gonna Do (Written by Pops Staples)
6. Take Us Back (Written by Benjamin Booker)
7. You Are Not Alone (Written by Jeff Tweedy)
8. No Time For Cryin’ (Written by Jeff Tweedy and Mavis Staples)
9. Can You Get to That (Written by George Clinton and Ernie Harris)
10. Let’s Do It Again (Written by Curtis Mayfield)
11. Dedicated (Written by Justin Vernon and Matthew Ward)
12. We’re Gonna Make It (Written by Gene Barge, Billy Davis, Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith)
13. Encore: Happy Birthday
14. Touch A Hand (Written by Homer Banks, Carl Hampton and Raymond Jackson)


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