“We Get By,” the latest release from Grammy winner, Kennedy Center honoree, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist and civil rights icon Mavis Staples – whose tour stops at The Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Feb. 15 – has been named Album of the Year by Folk Alliance International.
The Folk Alliance, which preserves, presents and promotes a diverse array of roots music and every imaginable fusion, made the announcement last night at its annual conference in New Orleans. Folk Alliance members vote for the winner based on nominees selected from multiple top folk DJ charts around the world.
Mavis Staples’ legendary career has spanned folk, blues, R & B, soul and gospel. As part of The Staples Singers, she found her voice in the civil rights movement, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and eventually singing for President Barack Obama at The White House. She has crossed many generations with the power of her voice. Her work has been covered and sampled by countless artists and she has collaborated with Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, Prince, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Norah Jones, Hozier and many more.
We Get By, her collaboration with Ben Harper, does not stray from her focus on civil rights. Rolling Stone Magazine praised its defiant declarations of peace, justice and heartbreak. Barack Obama recently called the albums charging electric blues of “Change” one of his favorite tracks of 2019.
Tickets for An Evening with Mavis Staples at the Michigan Theater are available through Ticketmaster. The concert, a presentation of Acoustic Routes Concerts of Saline and The Ark, is a benefit for The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s, a daily meal program in Ann Arbor that has served a free daily meal to anyone in need for more than 37 years.
Sponsors and patrons of the show include General Motors Co., The Bank of Ann Arbor, Karen Moeller Design, Les Stanford Chevrolet Cadillac, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, Ann Arbor State Bank/Level One, Old National Bank and Weber’s Inn.