April 11, 2011 6:15:00 AM
The long-running "CBS Sunday Morning" television show was in Meridian Friday night to film Mavis Staples'' performance in the MSU Riley Center. The segment is set to air Easter Sunday, April 24, according to the Riley Center.
Staples'' roots reach deep into the Magnolia State. Her late father, Roebuck "Pops" Staples was born on a plantation near Winona and grew up listening to such Mississippi blues legends as Charlie Patton and Howlin'' Wolf. Pops moved to Chicago and formed a family musical group. With daughter Mavis as lead vocalist, the Staple Singers made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Mavis'' "You are Not Alone," which just won the 71-year-old her first Grammy Award, as Best Americana Album, was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. Tweedy contributed vocal and guitar work, as did Wilco bandmate and Meridian native Pat Sansone.
For more about the Riley Center, visit msurileycenter.com.