MAVIS STAPLES One True Vine (Anti)
For Fans of: Aretha Franklin, The Staple Singers, Bonnie Raitt, and Tracy Chapman
Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy have teamed up once again to give us another album that is sure to become a Mavis Staples classic, One True Vine. Like it’s predecessor, You Are Not Alone, the music on One True Vine is a mix of covers and Jeff Tweedy originals all of which fit perfectly together and give the album a nice organic sound. The cover songs chosen for the album consist mainly of traditional Gospel tunes except for Funkadelic’s “Can You Get To That?” from their masterpiece album Maggot Brain! One of the album’s strongest moments is the song “I Like The Things About Me“. Originally written by Mavis’ father Pops Staples for the Staple Singers this is a song that should be playing on everyone’s MP3 player and stereo from now on! As for the Tweedy originals, both the title track “One True Vine” and “Jesus Wept” have nice Gospel-Country vibe and are just begging to be performed live. Which brings me to another point, if you’ve never been to a Mavis Staples performance now’s your chance. She has live dates scheduled in the States and Europe all the way into 2014! So make sure to keep an eye out for this soulful songbird who after 63 years in the business seems to only be getting better.