"It should last you -- I don't know, six months?"
On a sun-drenched summer eve before an adoring crowd, the incomparable singer and longtime civil rights advocate brought it and then some, in a ZooTunes concert rich in spirit, lusty musicality and the kind of funky and gospel-infused affirmation that has infused her music since childhood, when she began performing with legendary family band
Just a few weeks shy of her 75th birthday, Staples has enjoyed a remarkable, well-deserved renaissance as a solo recording artist and concert headliner in the past decade. A frequent visitor to
But with "two new knees, y'all" and a crackerjack band, she was in rare form. Her deep-welled, gravel-and-honey voice sounded terrific. She playfully scatted and riffed with her fellow musicians.
Looking swell in a loose black tunic and gold jewelry, she opened her arms often as if to embrace the crowd, waving and calling out to audience members. And when the band was on fire, she even got her groove on with a few dance moves. She was having such a blast, that at one point backup singer
But Staples sang plenty, preserving the blues-meets-rock-and-gospel sound introduced by her late guitarist-singer father Pops Staples, but augmented with new numbers -- like the black-is-beautiful anthem with a chorus that went, "I liked the things about me that were once despised."
One highlight was a chugging, rousing version of her dad's energizing civil-rights anthem, "
And, of course, no
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