A.R.C. Brown, Annie Brown Caldwell, Edward Brown © Eliza Grace Martin
Ausverkauft - Foggy Notion: Staples Jr. Singers
The Staples Jr. Singers were part of a vanguard of soul gospel artists in the 1970s that broke from tradition to testify with the groove. When they wrote these songs — all of them stone cold soul — they had one question on their minds: When Do We Get Paid?
Like many gospel groups at the time, the Staples Jr. Singers were a family band: Annie, A.R.C., and Edward Brown from Aberdeen, Mississippi. They were just teenagers when they started, in 1971—they named themselves after their idols (the Staple Singers, if we need to spell it out for you)—and they built a reputation by playing school talent shows and front yards near their hometown on the banks of the Tombigbee River, until they eventually began touring with regional acts on the gospel circuit.
The Browns got their big break in 1975, when a traveling gospel singer Joe Orr introduced them to a man who ran a now long gone recording studio in Tupelo—like a figure from a parable, he only went by the name of Big John. At the time, Annie was only 14, A.R.C was 15, and Edward was 16—and they drew inspiration straight from their lives.
Forty years, three generations, and countless performances later, the original members of the Staples Jr. Singers are still on the circuit, performing almost every weekend with their families. Though they don’t go by the Staples Jr. Singers anymore—they changed their name to the Brown Singers in the late 70s, then marriage made two bands out of one: Annie Brown Caldwell formed a gospel dynasty of her own, the Caldwell Singers, with her husband and daughters. This coming year, the original members of the Staples Jr. Singers will be heading on tour to support this release, playing select shows in the U.S. and Europe in 2022, for what will surely be one of the best performances that you’ll see all year.
While the Browns and Caldwells have written an entire catalog of gospel music since the era of When Do We Get Paid, for the Staples Jr. Singers, the incantatory funk of this music still holds the power to help make a way out of dark and troubled times.
Annie Brown Caldwell (vocals), Willie Caldwell Sr. (guitar), Willie Caldwell Jr. (bass), Abel Caldwell (drums), Edward Brown (vocals), ARC Brown (vocals, guitar)
concert hall Start 18:00 Doors 17:00
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