QUEEN OF THE BLUIES MAVIS STAPLES PLAYS TRAMSHED CARDIFF
Mavis Staples, the ‘Queen of the Blues’, the ultimate R&B and gospel goddess, is making a beeline for Cardiff in 2017 with a concert at the TramShed in Cardiff on July 7 (tramshed.co.uk; ticketmaster.co.uk; orchardentertainment.co.uk). With a strong 60 year career behind her and nearing her eighth decade, Mavis, also an actress, civil rights activist and lead singer of The Staple Singers, shows no signs of slowing down and is currently promoting her newest album Livin’ On A High Note.
The Grammy Award winner began her career with her family group in 1950, scoring a hit in 1956 with Uncloudy Day and picking up a reputation as "God's Greatest Hitmakers." By the mid 60s, The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops' close friendship with Martin Luther King Jr. became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement. They covered contemporary pop hits with positive messages, including Bob Dylan's A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall and a version of Stephen Stills' For What It's Worth.
The Staple Singers hit the Top 40 eight times between 1971 and 1975, including two No. 1 singles, I'll Take You There and Let's Do It Again. The TramShed concert promoter is Orchard, Wales’ biggest independent promoter and twice winner of the UK Live Music Business Award. Director Pablo Janczur said: “Mavis Staples is just one of those names that resonates down the decades. To be honest, I’m really indulging myself booking her, but I know that she will go down so well with the Tramshed audience, and it will be one of the highlights of the summer.”
Mavis’ husky voice has been sampled by some of the biggest selling hip-hop artists, including Salt 'N' Pepa, Ice Cube and Ludacris. Talking about her new album, Mavis said: “I think about this album as a new beginning in my career. I’m living on a high note, I’m floating on air. I know I don’t have as much time left on this Earth as I’ve already had, but I see it as saying ‘Mavis has been here, ya’ll’. Before I move on, I just want to leave some Mavis with you that you’re not used to hearing. I want to leave you with some joy and love, and some don’t forget me songs.”
The TramShed gig reflects Mavis’ desire to always adapt to new sounds and ideas in the hope that she can revitalise the Blues and create a new generation of Blues and Gospel lovers.