Mavis Staples new CD, which features Rick, Hodge and Jeff, is due to be released late summer/early fall on Anti Records. The record was produced by Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) and is a killer. Look for it in all the finest record stores (there's at least one in LA), online shopping bazaar's (bizzare's?) and of course coffee shops and car washes.
Rick, Jeff and Hodge will play in Fairbanks, Alaska Friday June 18 at a fundraiser for Rick's high school. Show starts at 8 pm at Monroe High School, 615 Monroe St., Fairbanks 99701.
Guaranteed good times!
On a sunny Saturday evening in August Mavis Staples rocked the 50th Annual Newport Folk Festival. Sandwiched in-between acts Tom Morello and Iron & Wine the gospel/soul/rock legend showed 'em how it's done!
Here's a link to an NPR live recording of the show.
Rick toured with legendary STAX soul organ monster Booker T for 3 weeks in spring 2009 in support of Booker's Grammy winning CD Potato Hole. The tour started on the east coast, then over to the Netherlands, back to San Francisco and all up into the great Northwest. The band included buddies Ronnie James Weber & Troy Gonyea, alumnus of the Fabulous T-Bird's.
" 'We've come tonight to bring you some joy, some happiness, inspiration and some positive vibrations!' Mavis Staples tells the audience at Chicago's Hideout club, a promise she stylishly fulfills in a set drawn predominantly from last year's Ry Cooder produced We'll Never Turn Back album of civil rights anthems and blues.