2013 PROMO VIDEO
by Sarah Warda
9 New Additions to the Lineup: 50 Acts Total!Today we announced 9 new additions to the Nelsonville Music Festival 2013 lineup, bringing the total acts up to 50! Soul man Lee Fields (& The Expressions) will join us this year! Since the late sixties, the Lee has ... SEE ALL
Cat Power + 15 More Announced for Nelsonville Music Festival! Single Day Tickets on sale!Stuart's Opera House presents the 9th annual Nelsonville Music Festival on May 30th -June 2nd, 2013 at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. The fourth round of lineup announcements ... SEE ALL
Gogol Bordello and More Added!Weekend passes went up in price today (we told you not to wait!) and we announced a third round of lineup additions including THURSDAY NIGHT HEADLINER GOGOL BORDELLO! Also joining the lineup are Screaming Females, F ... SEE ALL
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS | SATURDAY, JUNE 1 at 8:30pm | MAIN STAGE
With her bold new album, You Are Not Alone, the legendary vocalist adds a remarkable new chapter to an historic career. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. This project—which is being released more than sixty years after she began singing with her ground-breaking family group, the Staple Singers—is the follow-up to We’ll Never Turn Back, her acclaimed 2007 collection of songs associated with the civil rights movement, and to 2009’s Grammy-nominated live album Hope at the Hideout. It stakes out surprising new territory for Staples by matching her with producer Jeff Tweedy, a fellow Chicagoan who also happens to lead Wilco, perhaps the most respected band working in America today. Tweedy first saw Staples and her band in 2008 at Chicago’s the Hideout when they recorded the live album Hope At The Hideout. After seeing that performance Tweedy knew he had to work with Staples. A little over a year later Tweedy, Staples and her band: Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals entered the studio to record You Are Not Alone.
“Mavis is the walking embodiment of undaunted spirit and courage,” says Tweedy. “She’s an ever-forward looking, positive example for all human beings. And she sounds like she’s in the prime of her life.” Staples says that from her first meeting with Tweedy, in her South Side neighborhood (“I could tell he felt like he was in a foreign land,” she notes with a laugh), she knew that the pairing would click. “We had quite a bit in common,” she says. “He is totally family—he let me into his life, and I let him into mine. It was a perfect blend.” “Those songs took me back to the best times, and the best songs, of my life,” she says. “It was a feeling of pure joy to be singing the songs I sang when I was young, visualizing what I was when I first sang them. I’m still here, and this is what Tweedy has really done for me—he gave me a chance to be a kid again.” You Are Not Alone caps an incredible decade for Mavis Staples, a resurgence that saw her receive Grammy nominations in blues, gospel, folk, and pop categories. She claims, in fact, that she has done so much diverse work recently that, until Jeff Tweedy helped guide the way, she wasn’t sure of her direction.
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