Mavis Staples, Pt. 2, Protomartyr & Charles Bradley

In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
In this Jan. 11, 2011 file photo, singer Mavis Staples is shown at her home in Chicago. Stapes is nominated for a Grammy in the Best Americana category, and Staples, who has never won a the coveted trophy, says she wants to take one home at the Feb. 13 ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Mavis Staples, Pt. 2, Protomartyr & Charles Bradley

Earlier this year, we aired part one of an interview that Jim and Greg did with gospel and soul legend Mavis Staples. Mavis was such a fantastic guest that we had plenty of extra tape that we haven't been able to broadcast until now. Greg literally wrote the book on Mavis Staples, titled I'll Take You There. As he details in the book, activism is nothing new to Mavis. The theme of social consciousness is something that started for Mavis as a part of The Staple Singers, and it continues to run through Mavis' solo career. It's a major theme of her upcoming record If All I Was Was Black. In the 1950s and 60s, the Chicago-based Staple Singers toured the Jim Crow South extensively. It was a learning curve in many ways for the young Mavis, along with her siblings Cleotha, Yvonne, and Pervis.