Mavis Staples USA TODAY feature
Steve Jones interview Mavis Staples for this story in the September 3, 2004 edition of USA Today.
RAFUL NEAL: JUNE 6, 1936 – SEPTEMBER 1, 2004
Famed Bayou bluesman, singer/harmonica player Raful Neal, died Wednesday, September 1, after a long bout with cancer. He was 68. With his relaxed vocal style and behind-the-beat harmonica playing, he was considered one of the best bluesmen to emerge from the south Louisiana area, bringing the sounds of the region to a worldwide audience. Neal was the patriarch of the famed Neal clan: nearly all of his children are blues musicians, including recording artist Kenny Neal.
NOBLE “THIN MAN” WATTS: FEBRUARY 17, 1926 – AUGUST 24, 2004
Influential R&B and jazz saxophonist Noble “Thin Man” Watts, whose recording career began in 1954 and who shared stages with such musical luminaries as Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Jerry Lee Lewis, died on August 24 in his hometown of DeLand, Florida. He was 78.
Mavis Staples on "Sound Opinions"
Listen to Mavis Staples perform and be interviewed on WXRT-FM's "Sound Opinions" hosted by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot and Chicago Sun-Times music critic Jim DeRogatis. In addition to extended interview segments, Mavis performs three songs, including two accompanied by Chicago singer/songwriter Robbie Fulks and his band. After clicking the link, scroll down to August 24, 2004 to link to the audio of the show.
Listen to National Public Radio's All Things Considered's Mavis Staple Feature
National Public Radio's All Things Considered featured Mavis Staples and her new CD, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, in a 9-minute audio program which ran on August 16, 2004. Click the link below to listen to the feature and to view the Mavis Staples build out at the NPR website, which includes two streaming full length songs from the new CD.
Mavis Staples "Have A Little Faith" Features And Reviews
Mavis Staples' new cd, Have A Little Faith, is already receiving stellar reviews. A few among many are linked below.
LEGENDARY VOCALIST MAVIS STAPLES TO APPEAR ON NATIONAL TELEVISION AND RADIO PROGRAMS!
Mavis Staples, whose new CD HAVE A LITTLE FAITH will be released on August 17, 2004, will appear in many national television and programs over the next few days. “The Chicago Tribune” called the CD “a classic blues-tinged gospel album from one of the greatest soul singers of the last half-century.” Details on broadcasts are as follows:
MAVIS STAPLES SINGS "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" AT DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION! NEW CD “HAVE A LITTLE FAITH” SET FOR AUGUST 17, 2004 RELEASE!
Gospel/soul legend Mavis Staples, whose Alligator Records debut CD “HAVE A LITTLE FAITH” is set for an August 17 release date, sang “America The Beautiful” at the Democratic National Convention on July 29. Over the course of her long, storied career, Mavis has performed for many political heavyweights, including Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton.
QUEEN OF THE BLUES KOKO TAYLOR RECEIVES NATIONAL HERITAGE FELLOWSHIP FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
The National Endowment For The Arts (NEA) announced today that legendary blues singer Koko Taylor will be one of 12 artists to receive the National Heritage Fellowship, the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts. According to the NEA, Taylor was chosen for her “artistic excellence, cultural authenticity, and contributions to [her] field.” The award will be presented to her on September 29, 2004 in a ceremony on Capitol Hill.
THE HOLMES BROTHERS TO APPEAR ON USA NETWORK SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT EVENT, "WILLIE NELSON & FRIENDS: OUTLAWS AND ANGELS"
The Holmes Brothers (guitarist Wendell and bassist Sherman Holmes and drummer Popsy Dixon) will appear on the USA Network concert special "Willie Nelson & Friends: Outlaws and Angels" along with an all-star line up. The band joins Willie Nelson on his original song, "Opportunity To Cry," which the Holmes Brothers recorded on their new Alligator album, SIMPLE TRUTHS. The rest of the all-star line-up includes performances by Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Richards, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Merle Haggard, Lee Ann Womack, Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams, Al Green, Shebly Lynn, Rickie Lee Jones, Toots Hibbert, Joe Walsh, Los Lonely Boys and Bob Dyaln. Actor James Caan hosts the concert event.
ALLIGATOR RECORDS SIGNS MAVIS STAPLES! -- NEW CD SET FOR AUGUST RELEASE!
Alligator Records is proud to announce the signing of R&B and gospel legend Mavis Staples. A veteran of the music scene for over 40 years – and a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee – Staples (with her family band The Staple Singers and on her own) is responsible for blazing a rhythm & blues trail while never relinquishing her gospel roots, influencing artists from Bob Dylan to Prince (who dubbed her “the epitome of soul”) in the process.
THREE ALLIGATOR ARTISTS RECEIVE FIVE W.C. HANDY BLUES AWARDS!
Both Roomful of Blues and pianist/vocalist/songwriter Marcia Ball each received two W.C. Handy Awards at last night's 25th annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards ceremony at the Cannon Center Ballroom in Memphis, TN. Blues legend Koko Taylor received one Award. Boogie-woogie piano queen Marcia Ball took the award for Contemporary Female Blues Artist Of The Year and Contemporary Blues Album Of The Year for her Alligator album SO MANY RIVERS. Celebrated swing/jump/blues combo Roomful of Blues won the coveted Band Of The Year Award along with the award for Best Instrumentalist – Horns. "Queen Of The Blues" Koko Taylor won for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year. This is her 24th W.C. Handy Blues Award. She has received more awards than any other artist - male or female - in Handy history.