Mavis Staples: il nuovo album

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La regina di Chicago, la splendida 76enne Mavis Staples torna con il nuovo album ‘Livin’ on a High Note’ che sarà fuori il 19 febbraio via Anti. Dopo gli ultimi due album prodotti da Jeff Tweedy (2010, 2013) la Staples questa volta si affida a M Ward. Nel disco figurano brani originali di Nick Cave, Neko Case, Ben Harper, Justin Vernon, tUnE-yArDs, Valerie June. Proprio scritto da quest’ultima è il primo brano ‘High Note‘. L’artista spiega: “I’ve been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new. I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I’m so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I’m always telling a part of history that brought us down and I’m trying to bring us back up. These songwriters gave me a challenge. They gave me that feeling of, ‘Hey, I can hang! I can still do this!’ There’s a variety, and it makes me feel refreshed and brand new. Just like Benjamin Booker wrote on the opening track, ‘I got friends and I got love around me, I got people, the people who love me.’ I’m living on a high note, I’m above the clouds. I’m just so grateful. I must be the happiest old girl in the world. Yes, indeed”.

Take Us Back (Benjamin Booker)
Love And Trust (Ben Harper)
If It’s A Light (The Head & The Heart)
Action (Tune-Yards)
High Note (Valerie June)
Don’t Cry (M Ward)
Tomorrow (Aloe Blacc/John Batiste)
Dedicated (Justin Vernon/M Ward)
History Now (Neko Case)
One Love (Son Little)
Jesus Lay Down Beside Me (Nick Cave)
MLK Song (M Ward/ Martin Luther King)

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