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Newport Folk Festival 2011: Mavis Staples In Concert

From: NPR Music
Series: Newport Folk Festival 2011
Length: 58:40

The soul legend performed at the Newport Folk Festival on July 30. This is an unhosted music-only set. If you use it, please credit NPR Music for the recording. Available for free to NPR member stations. If you're not an NPR member station, contact programservices@npr.org.

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The following text is from the concert's story page on NPR Music:

Mavis Staples has accomplished so much as a singer and civil-rights icon, it's easy to forget how approachable and relatable she is as a performer. Sure, she's performed for Martin Luther King Jr., had her hit "I'll Take You There" used as a central song in Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and won over generations of admirers as both a solo artist and a leader of The Staple Singers. But she also possesses an incredibly easy-going and pleasant nature that makes her a natural star on stage — she's like the mayor of gospel music. Staples' newest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was recorded with the aid of a younger icon, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Hear Staples perform live at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Set List:

  • Wonderful Savior
  • Creep Along
  • Freedom Highway
  • This is My Country
  • Too Close to Heaven / I'm On My Way to Heaven Anyhow
  • We're Gonna Make It
  • Short Jam
  • Hallelujah
  • I'll Take You There

Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30.

Available for free to NPR member stations for broadcast, up to 2 times in 3 years. If you're not an NPR member station, contact programservices@npr.org.

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Piece Description

The following text is from the concert's story page on NPR Music:

Mavis Staples has accomplished so much as a singer and civil-rights icon, it's easy to forget how approachable and relatable she is as a performer. Sure, she's performed for Martin Luther King Jr., had her hit "I'll Take You There" used as a central song in Barack Obama's presidential campaign, and won over generations of admirers as both a solo artist and a leader of The Staple Singers. But she also possesses an incredibly easy-going and pleasant nature that makes her a natural star on stage — she's like the mayor of gospel music. Staples' newest album, 2010's You Are Not Alone, was recorded with the aid of a younger icon, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Hear Staples perform live at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival in Newport, R.I.

Set List:

  • Wonderful Savior
  • Creep Along
  • Freedom Highway
  • This is My Country
  • Too Close to Heaven / I'm On My Way to Heaven Anyhow
  • We're Gonna Make It
  • Short Jam
  • Hallelujah
  • I'll Take You There

Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festival on Saturday, July 30.

Available for free to NPR member stations for broadcast, up to 2 times in 3 years. If you're not an NPR member station, contact programservices@npr.org.

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http://www.npr.org/series/newport-folk-festival/