Friday, April 28, 2017

Win Butler, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman and more pay tribute to Mavis Staples in new concert film/album

I'm looking forward to seeing the legendary Mavis Staples when she performs at Doheny Blues Festival on May 21, 2017, and then catching the tribute to the artist titled Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration coming to CD/DVD  on June 2. 

The once-in-a-lifetime event took place at Chicago's Auditorium Theater with performances from Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Jeff Tweedy, Win Butler and more, plus Mavis herself who called it "a night I'll never forget." The project also marks Blackbird Presents' first release on their own record label. Watch the full ensemble perform "The Weight", during which Staples is "almost speaking in tongues" (The New York Times):

Eric Church performing "Eyes On The Prize."

Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration had its worldwide exclusive broadcast premiere as a concert special on AXS TV earlier this month, and the album and DVD combo will be released on June 2, 2017 via Blackbird Presents Records. The concert special includes exclusive interviews with many of the participating artists, exploring Staples’ cultural and musical impact. 

Now, you can watch Eric Church cover a Staples Singers favorite, "Eyes On The Prize." Rolling Stone Country said of the cover, "Church does a faithful rendition of Staples' version and gives the song a swinging groove." Check out the video here:

For more information, visit the Blackbird Presents Records site here.

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