Archive | Feb 01, 2018

Certain Songs #1117: Mavis Staples – “I Like The Things About Me”

Album: One True Vine
Year: 2013

It reflects poorly upon me, I know, that — outside of her contributions to her family band — I don’t know much about Mavis Staples’ career prior to her collaborations with Jeff Tweedy. Which — given since she’s been singing professionally for almost 70 years — have come near the end of her career.

But that also means that there is a potential treasure trove of discovery still to be had: not just her albums with Prince, or her early solo albums, but the entire history of her family band, The Staple Singers, outside of the handful of hit singles they had in the late 1960s / early 1970s