‘Sweet Harmony Soul’ For Summer

Mavis Staples and Patty Griffin are teaming for a co-headlining tour.  Stops for “Sweet Harmony Soul” include Boulder, San Diego and Grand Rapids, Mich.
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For the genesis of this outing you need to go back to 2007 when the singers met while recording “Waiting For My Child To Come Home” for the Grammy award-winning album Oh Happy Day: An All-Star Music Celebration.

As it turned out, following that session the artists explored each other’s musical genres.  Staples went on to record Americana-styled albums – 2010’s You Are Not Alone and 2013’s One True Vine – produced by Jeff Tweedy.  You Are Not Alone was awarded the 2011 Grammy for Best Americana Album.

Following the Oh Happy Day … session Griffin released the gospel-flavored, soul-searching Downtown Church, recorded in Nashville’s Downtown Presbyterian Church, produced by Buddy Miller. The LP won the 2011 Grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

Now there is a tour. Sweet Harmony Soul’s July schedule represents the first dates announced for the outing.  Expect more to be revealed shortly.

July 8 – Interlochen, Mich., Kresge Auditorium
July 9 – Grand Rapids, Mich., Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
July 11 – Bayfield, Wis., Big Top Chautauqua
July 14 – Boulder, Colo., Chautauqua Auditorium
July 16 – Arvada, Colo., Arvada Center
July 17 – Beaver Creek, Colo., Vilar Performing Arts Center
July 18 – Alta, Wyo., Grand Targhee Resort Amphitheater (Grand Targhee Festival)
July 21 – San Diego, Calif., Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay
July 23 – Saratoga, Calif., Montalvo Arts Center 

Amy Helm & The Handsome Strangers appears on all dates.

Some shows are already on sale.  For more information, click here for Mavis Staples’ website and here for Patty Griffin’s internet HQ.