Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Where New Music Tuesday and History Collide

When an artist resurfaces, there can be mixed reactions in the music world. When a true music legend resurfaces with a new album, now that's a different story. The incredibly talented Mavis Staples has released a new album, One True Vine. It is everything you would imagine a Mavis Staples album would be in the 21st century. It is her best rolled-out release in decades and arrives just two years after she won her very first Grammy. It's hard to imagine a woman this brilliant and with that amazing breadth of work didn't receive a Grammy until she was in her seventies.

History and this beautiful new album collide today as the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act. By striking down Section 4 of the VRA and requiring Congress to create a new formula, they've all but rendered useless the teeth of the VRA which is Section 5. Mavis Staples and other members of the Staple Singers participated in the Civil Rights Movement. The Staple Singers were, for all intents and purposes, the sound of the Civil Rights Movement. Their soul sound often opened for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They provided their voices to an entire movement. Those voices won't be stifled today.

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