Mavis Staples Tackles Racism On New Album, 'If All I Was Was Black'
Legendary soul singer Mavis Staples again teams up with songwriter-producer Jeff Tweedy for a new album, while joining Bob Dylan for a national tour.
In these trying times of separatism, white terrorism and disrespectfulness from our nation’s Commander-in-Chief, Mavis Staples returns with another message for our souls. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has again joined forces with songwriter-producer Jeff Tweedy for a new album entitled, If All I Was Was Black, and plans to join Bob Dylan for a series of tour dates beginning this October.
If All I Was Was Black is 11 songs about contemporary America today filled with haunting ghosts of the past. “Nothing has changed,” Mavis remarked in early August, days before the white terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia. “We are still in it.” If All I Was Was Black also marks the first time where a Staples-Tweedy partnership was composed entirely of original songs. “We are not loving one another the way we should,” Mavis said, eager to share her thoughts about the fissures dividing the country. “Some people are saying they want to make the world great again, but we never lost our greatness. We just strayed into division.”
Despite singing about the tragedies befalling our country, If All I Was Was Black is mired in love. Mavis’ signature soulful voice emotes like a wave of reassurance amidst the beating backdrop of fury and despair produced by Jeff Tweedy. Lifting us up instead of staying down, this effort is a way to push the discussion forward towards peace, love and understanding.
If All I Was Was Black is scheduled for release on Nov. 17. Check out the track listing below, listen to the title track above and don’t miss out seeing Mavis and Bob perform in a city near you.
If All I Was Was Black Track Listing
1. Little Bit
2. If All I Was Was Black
3. Who Told You That
4. Ain’t No Doubt About It (feat. Jeff Tweedy)
5. Peaceful Dream
6. No Time For Crying
7. Build A Bridge
8. We Go High
9. Try Harder
10. All Over Again
Live Dates W/ Bob Dylan
10/17: Eccles Theater. Salt Lake City, UT
10/18: Eccles Theater. Salt Lake City, UT
10/21: 1st Bank Center. Denver, CO
10/23: Century Link Center. Omaha, NE
10/24: Stephens Auditorium. Ames, IA
10/25: Xcel Energy Center. St Paul, MN
10/27: Wintrust Arena. Chicago, IL
10/28: Van Andel Arena. Grand Rapids, MI
10/29: IU Auditorium. Bloomington, IN
11/1: Fox Theater. Detroit, MI
11/3: EJ Thomas Hall. Akron, OH
11/5: Palace Theater. Columbus, OH
11/6: Peterson Events Center. Pittsburgh, PA
11/8: Nassau Coliseum. Uniondale, NY
11/10: Coliseum. Richmond, VA
11/11: Tower Theatre. Philadelphia, PA
11/12: Tower Theatre. Philadelphia, PA
11/14: The Anthem. Washington, DC
11/16: Agannis Arena. Boston, MA