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Mavis Staples concert film to premiere on AXS TV April 16

AXS TV is proud to premiere a star-studded live concert film honoring music legend Mavis Staples, “Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration” which airs on April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The CD/DVD of the broadcast is immediately available for pre-order via Amazon and will be released for sale on June 2.

Music artists across multiple generations turn out to deliver over 20 performances in the two-hour special honoring Staples’ prolific career. Gregg Allman, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Emmylou Harris, Eric Church, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne of Arcade Fire, Keb’ Mo’, Aaron Neville, Patty Griffin, Marty Stuart, and Glen Hansard are just some of the artists appearing in the all-star lineup.

Mavis Staples is one of the biggest voices on the musical landscape for the Civil Rights Movement. In a career that spans more than six decades, Staples has delivered songs which speak out for justice and equality and demonstrate the resilience of the human spirit. She has released 15 solo studio albums (including an extended play) since 1969 with her seventh and eighth albums, Time Waits For No One and The Voice, notably composed and produced by Prince.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s most recent album, Livin’ on a High Note, was released in 2016 and marks an upbeat, inspirational addition to Staples’ iconic catalog. Staples describes the songs as “joyful” in a press statement and the track list features songs written by Aloe Blacc, Ben Harper, and more.

“Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration” was created, filmed, recorded, and produced by Blackbird Presents at Chicago’s landmark Auditorium Theatre. This film is one of several concert events Blackbird Presents has produced to pay tribute to iconic music artists. Past honorees include John Lennon, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris, and Jerry Garcia.

“I was honored to have been able to produce a show of this magnitude for a legend like Mavis Staples.” says Blackbird Presents’ CEO Keith Wortman in a press statement about the event. “To have this great project with so many amazing artists be the first release under our distribution agreement with Caroline is such an exciting moment, and makes this special event even sweeter.”

The riveting two-hour special will also include candid interviews with some of the participating artists who will discuss Staples’ extraordinary cultural and musical impact.

The concert tracklist is as follows:

Joan Osborne – You’re Driving Me (To The Arms Of A Stranger)
Keb’ Mo’ – Heavy Makes You Happy
Otis Clay – I Ain’t Raisin’ No Sand
Buddy Miller – Woke Up This Morning (with My Mind On Jesus)
Patty Griffin – Waiting For My Child
Emmylou Harris – Far Celestial Shore
Michael McDonald – Freedom Highway
Glen Hansard – People Get Ready
Mavis Staples & Aaron Neville – Respect Yourself
Ryan Bingham – If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me)
Widespread Panic – Hope In A Hopeless World
Grace Potter – Grandma’s Hands
Eric Church – Eyes On The Prize
Taj Mahal – Wade In The Water
Gregg Allman – Have A Little Faith
Mavis Staples & Bonnie Raitt – Turn Me Around
Mavis Staples, Bonnie Raitt, Taj Majal & Greg Allman – Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Mavis Staples, Win Butler & Régine Chassagne – Slippery People
Mavis Staples and Tweedy – You Are Not Alone
Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There
Mavis & Everybody – The Weight

Watch “Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration” on Sunday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on AXS TV. Click here to preorder the CD/DVD on Amazon.

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