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Mavis Staples ~ Grammy-winning Legendary R&B and Gospel Singer

  • Live Oak Music Festival Live Oak Camp, Highway 154 Santa Barbara, CA USA (map)

Legendary R&B and Gospel singer Mavis Staples returns to Live Oak with her latest album, "If All I Was Was Black" (ANTI- Records), ten songs about an America that is still facing the racism that Mavis marched against with Martin Luther King Jr in the ‘60s. "If All I Was Was Black" represents Mavis' third collaboration with songwriter and producer (and Wilco frontman) Jeff Tweedy. This album embraces the idea that the country can redeem itself, that we can, one by one, each rise above our worst selves. And Mavis thinks she has an idea how to do it. "Bring us all together as a people—that's what I hope to do. You can't stop me. You can't break me. I'm too loving," she says. "These songs are going to change the world."