Mavis Staples’ “Hope” Arrives Election Day

 

The timing is not at
all coincidental…

By Blurt Staff

 

Mavis Staples
Live: Hope At The Hideout
arrives Election Day, Nov. 4, on Anti-.
And if you don’t spot the significance of that timing, shame on you: Staples’
long history of work with the Civil Rights Movement should be common knowledge
at this stage (in 2007 she even won a Free
Speech award created to honor artists that have incited discussion and
worked against the status quo through their music and their actions).

 

 

In an even more timely move, with the DNC in full swing in
Denver right now and the Republicans set to rock Minneapolis next week, Staples
has just released the first track off Hope At the Hideout. Entitled “We Shall Not Be Moved,” the song is
described by the label as “a classic freedom song.  While the song, which
includes lines like ‘we’re fighting for our children / we shall not be moved,’
could be the theme song for either of the current political campaigns, Mavis
puts it squarely into context during an instrumental break-down in the middle
of the song.  In the South in the 1960s, Mavis drawls, just trying to have
a meal in a restaurant was in itself an act of civil disobedience, and when she
and her fellow marchers would be forcibly ejected by the police, they sang ‘We
Shall Not Be Moved.'”

 

 

 “We Shall Not Be Moved” is available for streaming or
download on the Anti label blog.

 

 

Incidentally, Anti- points out that Staples and Barack Obama attended the same church
in Chicago, and
Congressman John Lewis, who
figured prominently in last night’s moving tribute to Senator Ted Kennedy, wrote the liner notes to
Staples’ last record We’ll Never
Turn Back
.  Not bad connections to have.

 

Tracklisting:

 

1.     
For What It’s Worth

2.     
Eyes on the Prize

3.     
Down in Mississippi

4.     
Wade in the Water

5.     
Waiting For My Child

6.     
This Little Light

7.     
Why Am I Treated So Bad

8.     
Freedom Highway

9.     
We Shall Not Be Moved

10.  Circle
Intro (encore)

11.  Will
The Circle Be Unbroken (encore)

12.  On
My Way (encore)

13.  I’ll
Take You There (encore)

 

 

 

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