AMERICAN TREASURE MAVIS STAPLES DELIVERS RAW JOY ON NEW ALBUM YOU ARE
NOT ALONE (ANTI- RECORDS/SEPT 14) PRODUCED BY JEFF TWEEDY* *
*STAPLES TO PLAY LOLLAPALOOZA AND WILCO-CURATED SOLID SOUND FESTIVAL IN AUG*
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and soul/gospel legend Mavis Staples delivers
more wall-to-wall joy on her triumphant new Anti- album, You Are Not Alone
(September 14*), *than any other release you re likely to hear this year.
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilco s studio The Loft, the
intimate and textured production showcases the iconic singer at her most
powerful and fervent. You Are Not Alone mixes traditional gospel numbers
with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique
interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John
Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton.
The album features Mavis s touring band of the last three years: Rick
Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums;
Donny Gerrard, background vocals; plus special guests Jeff Tweedy on
guitars, bass, and vocals; Wilco s Patrick Sansone, keys, vibes; Mark
Greenberg, vibes, keys; with additional background vocals by frequent Neko
Case collaborators Kelly Hogan and Nora O Connor, and Richard Parenti.
You Are Not Alone is Mavis s second studio release for Anti. It follows
her 2007 critical triumph, We ll Never Turn Back, produced by Ry Cooder,
which revisited the great songs of the civil rights era and prompted her
hometown paper The Chicago Sun-Times to hail her as an American treasure.
In 2008, Anti- issued a rapturously received live album, Live: Hope at the
Hideout, which was named one of the Best Live CDs of All Time by
Amazon.com s editors and earned Mavis her first Grammy-nomination as a solo
Mavis Staples is enjoying a major career resurgence, having become a
festival favorite in recent years. This summer she will play Lollapalooza
on August 6, and the Wilco-curated Solid Sound Festival at Mass MoCa on
August 14 with additional US and European tour dates to be announced soon.
Track listing for Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone
1. You Don t Knock (Pops Staples/Wesley Westbrook)
2. You Are Not Alone (Jeff Tweedy)
3. Downward Road (Pops Staples)
4. In Christ There is No East and West (traditional; arranged by Jeff
5. Creep Along, Moses (traditional)
6. Losing You (Randy Newman)
7. I Belong to the Band (Rev. Gary Davis)
8. Last Train (Allen Toussaint)
9. Only the Lord Knows (Jeff Tweedy)
10. Wrote A Song for Everyone (John Fogerty)
11. We re Gonna Make It (Little Milton)
12. Wonderful Savior (traditional)
13. Too Close To Heaven / I'm On My Way to Heaven Anyhow (Prof. Alex E.