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Wasn’t That a Time

I grew up next door to folk music royalty. Lee Hays was a member of The Weavers, and along with Pete Seeger wrote the famous “Hammer Song,” which was written in support of the progressive movement of the 1940s and became a bullhorn for the

Mavis Staples


She has one of the most expressive voices ever recorded. She played in a band with her dad for most of her life, fusing gospel, blues and soul into their own unique hybrid. They advanced the cause of civil rights in subtle and profound ways.

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