Mavis Staples If All I Was Was Black Album CoverI can only imagine how singer Mavis Staples must have felt in early August when Neo-Nazis marched with swastika flags in Charlottesville, Virginia, as a young woman was murdered.

Mavis, now 78, and in her eighth decade of singing, began performing in her father’s gospel group The Staple Singers as a child during which she saw the ugly side of racist America. This album, her third collaboration with songwriter/producer and Wilco founder Jeff Tweedy, consists of 10 songs about contemporary America today. “Nothing has changed,” Mavis sings. “There’s evil in the world; they lie.”

God bless Mavis Staples.

If All I Was Was Black is out November 17 via Cooking Vinyl.

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