I’ll Take You There
There are few artists more beloved by the entire music community than gospel legend Mavis Staples. Mavis was celebrated a few months back in Chicago with a tribute concert for her 75th birthday at Auditorium Theatre with the likes of Arcade Fire, Greg Allman, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Aaron Neville, and more showing up to celebrate her birthday and legacy. There is also a documentary debuting at SXSW this year titled Mavis!, celebrating the joyful singer’s legacy and spirit. Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, who has produced her last two albums, even went as far as calling Mavis an “angel” when I saw him last summer, saying “if an angel’s purpose in life is to make other’s feel better, that’s exactly what Mavis is.” I got around to reading Chicago Tribune critic and Sound Opinion’s host Greg Kot’s new biography I’ll Take You There about Mavis, the Staples Singers, and her family’s legacy this past month, and now understand why Mavis and her family have so much adoration from so many sides of the music community.
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