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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples

Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop.
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Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples showcase classic R&B, blues and pop.

Airs Friday, April 4, 2014 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS continues its longstanding tradition of showcasing the best of original American music. Musical styles range from contemporary and traditional pop to rock, country, blues, bluegrass, Latin, folk, roots and more. All find a home on the AUSTIN CITY LIMITS stage. Recipient of a Peabody Award for 37 years of excellence.


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"Bonnie Raitt/Mavis Staples" - Music legends Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples deliver passionate performances and represent a perfect pairing of blues, soul, rock and R&B. Nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt returns for her third appearance on AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, and legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples makes her ACL debut.


The double-header episode features Raitt and Staples each performing separate sets, before teaming up on the ACL stage for an inspired rendition of Randy Newman's “Losing You.” “Thanks for coming out to see our soul sisters extravaganza tonight,” hails Raitt as the singers join forces for a roof-raising performance of the folk/gospel anthem “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” bringing the audience at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin to its feet.

A true original, Raitt performs tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2012 release "Slipstream" and a few classics from her remarkable career. “This is worth 40 years on that tour bus, just to feel like this,” says a triumphant Bonnie Raitt from the ACL stage. With "Slipstream," Raitt launched her own record label, Redwing Records, and the chart-topping release marks her return to studio recording after a seven year absence.

Called “one of the world's mightiest gospel pop singers” by Time Magazine, Mavis Staples won the first Grammy of her storied career in 2011 for Best Americana Album for her Anti- Records release, "You Are Not Alone," produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Her debut appearance on ACL finds the iconic singer at her most powerful, performing soulful renditions of tracks from the universally-acclaimed Grammy-winning release, as well as songs from The Staples Singers-era.

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