THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 17 - 2. MAVIS STAPLES (320kbs-m4a/129mb/56mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 18th February 2018
Mavis talks to Matt about the first key musical moments in her life and career to date.
She talks about her earliest experiences singing in church, the Staple Singers distinctive vocal and musical style, but also the racism and violence they faced touring in the late 50s and early 60s, especially in the American South. She also discusses her memories of performing for Martin Luther King; her father Pops was friends with him.
She talks about recording with The Band. The Staple Singers's version of The Weight that closes The Band live film The Last Waltz is regarded as one of the greatest pieces of music ever captured on celluloid. She discusses her more recent output, which has seen her collaborate with Benjamin Brooker and Wilko's Jeff Tweedy, who produced her most recent record If All I Was Was Black.
The Staple Singers - I'll Take You There [Stax]
The Staple Singers - We'll Get Over
Jimmie Davis - You Are My Sunshine
Doris Day - A Bushel And A Peck
Carter Family - Can The Circle Be Unbroken
The Staple Singers - Will the Circle Be Unbroken [Cornbread]
The Staple Singers - Uncloudy Day [Joy Special]
The Staple Singers - Freedom Highway [Columbia]
Mavis Staples - Take Us Back [Anti]
Benjamin Booker - Witness (Feat. Mavis Staples) [Rough Trade]
The Staple Singers - If You're Ready (Come Go With Me) [Global Television]
The Staple Singers - Why? (Am I Treated So Bad) [Epic]
The Band - The Weight [Capitol]
Mavis Staples - Little Bit [Anti]
Mavis Staples - Who Told You That [Anti]