Following a tour announcement with Bob Dylan this morning, vocalist Mavis Staples has announced a new album and released the title track, “If All I Was Was Black.” The tune comes from her upcoming If All I Was Was Black, a collection of originals arranged by Staples and Jeff Tweedy, and is due out November 17. The Wilco frontman penned 11 songs from the upcoming album, with three co-written by Staples. The album is focused on the ongoing racial conflicts in the United States, and how they affect her.“I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself – that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on,” explains Tweedy. If All I Was Was Black is their third collaboration together, following 2010’s You Are Not Along and 2013’s One True Vine, and is inspired by “the love I have for Mavis and the desire to be part of some kind of positive change.” Mavis Staples continues, “We didn’t make the songs point to a specific person. If you follow the lyrics it’s about yesterday and today.”In the title track below, Tweedy wrote the music to the lyrics by Mavis. If All I Was Was Black is set to drop November 17 on Anti-Records, and was written to “bring us all together as a people. That’s what I hope to do. You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.” Listen to her message below:
By John BurtonTRENTON — Fresh water anglers next weekend will be able to take advantage of two days of free fishing.The Christie administration announced it will again hold the state’s annual Free Fishing Days on June 15-16.Fishermen can participate in their sport for those two days without needing to purchase a license or trout stamp, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).The free fishing days are held each year to coincide with National Fishing and Boating Week and to encourage the activity by residents and visitors, according to the DEP.While licenses aren’t needed for those two days, other regulations, including size and catch limits, will continue to be enforced.
Jason Richter fired a power play marker past Hawks netminder Tallon Kramer in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie and power the Nitros to the victory.Franco Colapaolo, added an insurance marker for Kimberley while Tyler Van Steinburg scored to give the host club a 1-0 first period lead.Allan Pruss scored the lone goal for the Hawks, ousted for the second time in as many years by the Dynamiters.Kimberley outshot the Hawks 35-30.In Okanagan/Shuswap Conference Finals 100 Mile House defeated Summerland Steam 3-1 to clinch the best-of-seven series 4-1.The KIJHL champ represents the league at the Cyclone Taylor Cup April 7-10 in Victoria. The Kimberley Dynamiters are four wins away from defending the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League title after disposing the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in five games in the Kootenay Conference Playoff Series.The Nitros booked a ticket to the KIJHL Final after edging the Hawks 3-1 in Kootenay Conference Playoff action Monday night in Kimberley.Kimberley won the best-of-seven series 4-1 and now meets 100 Mile House Wranglers in the KIJHL Final beginning Friday in the Bavarian City.