Mavis Staples One True Vine on LP
Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy
Coming off the huge success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy – the Grammy winning You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the joyous spirit of the first and an evolution. With new song offerings from Alan Sparhawk of Low, Nick Lowe, and three new Tweedy originals, One True Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions of two '70s classics – Funkadelic's "Can You Get To That?" and the Staples Singer's "I Like the Things About Me."
Tweedy and Staples have constructed a dense narrative arc, that starts with the literal soul‐searching of Sparhawk's "One Holy Ghost" and Tweedy's "Jesus Wept," and then breaks wide open with Nick Lowe's soaring "Far Celestial Shores," a song he wrote for Mavis after touring together with Wilco. After that, the album builds to full tent revival mode, as the dark night of the soul passes and joy arrives in the form of Mavis' glorious voice.
Closing out with Tweedy's rapturous title track, One True Vine truly builds on the promise of You Are Not Alone, and will delight the myriad fans discovering Mavis for the first time through her Grammy wins and performances, her White House performance in the tribute to Memphis Soul, and the glorious second act of this American icon.
Mavis 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. Mavis continues to surprise new fans as she shows up performing with everyone from indie rock darlings The Decemberists to neo‐soul star Justin Timberlake. Mavis will be on tour throughout the summer and rest of 2013 in support of her new album, playing shows with Wilco and Dave Matthews Band among others.