Thanks to some friends, I’d scored tickets to see Mavis Staples live in Akron in 2017. It was joyful to hear the civil rights and gospel legend then, the same year she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. That was 18 years after she’d already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame here in Cleveland.
It was even more of a joy to hear her interviewed live just now, at the 2020 Folk Alliance International (FAI) conference in New Orleans. As her Pops told her, “Keep on singin'”!