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KTBA Blues Highlight: Mavis Staples Shares ‘We Get By’ Featuring Ben Harper

Mavis Staples Shares ‘We Get By’ Featuring Ben Harper

Mavis Staples and Ben Harper shared the video for the title track from her upcoming album, We Get By. The visual features the legendary soul singer and Harper singing in the studio together.

Staples’ We Get By is set to arrive on May 24 via Anti- Records. Also, Ben Harper produced the record and wrote the album’s 11 tracks. The duo previously shared the singles, “Change” and “Anytime.” We Get By is Staples’ 12th studio album release to date.

“It’s what I love to do,” Staples says at the outset of the video. “Sing a song that’s gonna help somebody … it keeps me optimistic that things are gonna get better. No matter what, I’ll be there for you. We get by. We’re gonna make it.”

Check out the video below:

Staples turns 80 in July, check out her birthday plans…

Staples — a member of the rock and roll, blues and gospel halls of fame — turns 80 in July.  To celebrate, she’s hosting an all-star concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on May 15, between similar shows in New York and Los Angeles this month.  In Nashville, she’ll share the stage with John Prine, Jason Isbell, Wynonna Judd, Elle King, Nick Lowe, Marty Stuart and many others. 

Mavis Staples has just finished a long day of rehearsal in New York City. But, to hear the legendary singer tell it, it sounds more like she’s come home from a party. 

David Byrne, Lake Street Dive and Valerie June are among the friends who came to run through a song with her, and the Jonas Brothers — rehearsing for their reunion tour down the hall — stopped by to say hello, too.  “There are just a couple that I wasn’t familiar with,” Staples tells The Tennessean. “I saw their name on the list, and I had to ask my tour manager. I said, ‘Who is this?‘ He said, ‘Mavis, you met them at Newport (Folk Festival).’ I said, ‘Well, you can’t blame me, because I’m gonna be 80 years old.’”

Mavis Staples performs during the 2018 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

The shows, of course, is also a celebration of a staggering career.

The shows, of course, is also a celebration of a staggering career, spanning nearly 70 years.  It began with her family gospel group, The Staple Singers, who went from singing in church to providing the soundtrack to the civil rights movement and ruling the pop charts with “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.”

Staples never stopped singing, and had a remarkable resurgence in the 21st century, thanks in part to her love of collaboration. She worked with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy on several albums — which led to her first Grammy Award in 2011 — and this month, she’ll release her latest, produced by rocker Ben Harper.  

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Credits: Jambase – Nate Todd  / , Nashville Tennessean / Photo: Mavis Staples performs during the 2018 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo: Andrew Nelles / Tennessean.com)

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