Re: Where were they then?
posted at 7/3/2013 10:48 AM EDT
A notable"where were they then" artist, who is in the limelight due to her new album, is Mavis Staples. The album was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
Nice review of the album for those that are interested. It's more rare for an older female singer to continue to thrive, although jazz and blues singers are more likely to make it than rockers; either way, Mavis Staples is a standout.
Mavis Staples, "One True Vine" (***1/2 rating for album)
"At 73, Mavis Staples remains a nonpareil vocalist who sounds able to blow a building down by simply exhaling. What's nice about "One True Vine," the second Staples solo album produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy, is that it resists the temptation to put all that industrial-strength power to nonessential use.
Instead, the 10-track set, which includes three songs by Tweedy, as well as songs by Low, Nick Lowe, and George Clinton, takes a deeply relaxed, richly comforting approach in which the singer says as much with a whisper as a shout, and the band -- which consists of Tweedy and his son Spencer -- moves forward in an understated saunter. "I reached the point in time where I want to be real," the gospel great sings, sounding utterly at ease on "I Like the Things About Me," a song cowritten decades ago by her father Roebuck "Pops" Staples. Wonderful stuff."
Nothing you have not given away, will ever be really yours -