MAVIS STAPLES SHARES NEW ALBUM ‘WE GET BY’ VIA NPR FIRST LISTEN
TITLE TRACK “WE GET BY” FEAT. BEN HARPER OUT NOW,
WATCH MAVIS AND BEN RECORD IT IN-STUDIO HERE
‘WE GET BY’ OUT ON 24TH MAY
THE ROUNDHOUSE 4TH JULY & GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
A clarion call to love, faith, justice and brotherhood lies at the heart of ‘We Get By’, Mavis Staples’ spectacular twelfth studio album and first full-length collaboration with multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Ben Harper. Today NPR Music has shared the album in advance of its May 24th release date; listen to it via NPR First Listen HERE.
Backed by her longtime touring band, Staples breathes extraordinary life into Harper’s compositions on the record, delivering roof-raising performances with both a youthful vigor and a commanding maturity. The arrangements here are spare but weighty, matched by Harper’s suitably lean and thoughtful production, and Staples seizes the opportunity to showcase her remarkable and continued evolution as an artist, one still growing and exploring more than half a century into her storied career.
Staples has also released the album’s title track, a duet with Harper. Watch footage from their recording session of the song and listen to it HERE.
With Harper at the helm, Mavis and her band recorded We Get By live at Henson Studio in Hollywood, CA, capturing the kind of powerhouse energy and deep pocket grooves that have come to define Staples’ legendary concerts. While Harper had a distinct vision for the sound of the record, he purposely kept his demos to skeletal sketches, leaving space for Mavis and the band to interpret and give flight to his songs in the inimitable way that only they could.“When I first started reading the lyrics Ben wrote for me, I said to myself, ‘My God, he’s saying everything that needs to be said right now,’” Staples remembers. “But the songs were also true to my journey and the stories I’ve been singing all my life. There’s a spirituality and an honesty to Ben’s writing that took me back to church.”
In June, Mavis will be returning to Europe for a selection of festival and headline shows.
23/6 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia Theatre
25/6 – Norrmalm, Sweden – Nalen
26/6 – Worthy Farm, UK – Glastonbury Festival 2019
27/6 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Theater Carré
28/6 – Antwerpen, Belgium – Open-Air Theatre
2/7 – Bath, UK – The Forum
4/7 – London, UK – Roundhouse5/7 – Paris, France – Le Cigale
6/7 – Lyon, France – Theatres Romaines De Fourviere
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