Mavis Staples I'll Take You There


  • Mavis Staples

    Mavis Staples

  • Gregg Allman

    Gregg Allman

  • Win Butler & Régine Chassagne

    Win Butler & Régine Chassagne

  • Eric Church

    Eric Church

  • Otis Clay

    Otis Clay

  • Patty Griffin

    Patty Griffin

  • Glen Hansard

    Glen Hansard

  • Emmylou Harris

    Emmylou Harris

  • Taj Mahal

    Taj Mahal

  • Michael McDonald

    Michael McDonald

  • Buddy Miller

    Buddy Miller

  • Keb' Mo'

    Keb' Mo'

  • Aaron Neville

    Aaron Neville

  • Joan Osborne

    Joan Osborne

  • Widespread Panic

    Widespread Panic

  • Grace Potter

    Grace Potter

  • Bonnie Raitt

    Bonnie Raitt

  • Jeff Tweedy

    Jeff Tweedy

  • Spencer Tweedy

    Spencer Tweedy


On Wednesday, November 19, an extraordinary collection of music artists came together for “I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years Of Mavis Staples”, a special concert event taping honoring one of the most influential singers of our time. The concert took place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, IL, and featured star-studded collaborations by esteemed artists paying tribute to Mavis Staples’ music. Grammy Award-winner Don Was served as music director, leading an all-star band backing the amazing performers who took the stage at this incredible concert event taping.


For six decades, Mavis Staples has been the solid rock of American music. Alongside the family group she is so indentified with, the Staple Singers, she has managed to transform herself as she goes, yet never alter. From the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s, to the engaged protest of the civil rights era, and then, amazingly, on pop radio in the Stax era with a series of soul anthems, from “I’ll Take You There” to “Respect Yourself,” Staples carried on, her warm embrace of a voice the only constant. How many musicians can claim this: to exist outside a scene, outside genre, yet weaving themselves into the fabric of soul, R&B, jazz, gospel, rock and blues? Many of the maverick names that come to mind are composers as well; that Staples has created her legacy as an interpreter of others makes her achievement all the more impressive. She gives voice to others; more than that, she gives voice to entire movements and to eras. For more information about Mavis Staples visit


“Mavis Staples: I’ll Take You There – An All-Star Concert Celebration” Track list.

Joan Osbourne – 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
Ryan Bingham, Grace Potter & Emmylou Harris – A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall
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 & Regine Chassagne – Slippery People
Mavis Staples and Tweedy – You Are Not Alone
Mavis Staples – I’ll Take You There
Mavis & Everybody – The Weight


Created & Produced by Keith Wortman | Music Director Don Was