At this year's Newport Folk Festival, musicians gathered on stage to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Of the legends that stood before them, a most resounding tribute was paid to none other than Mr. Bob Dylan and the moment he changed the course of the festival's--and music's--history forever.
Indeed, the Staples are (at the risk of sounding redundant) a staple of Americana music. Their distinct history is perhaps the American dream, captured in Greg Kot's latest I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March up Freedom's Highway. Longtime pop music critic for the Chicago Tribune, Kot finally gives us a unique insight into both the family and the music.