Soul legend Mavis Staples and Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy have proven that they make quite the duo. Their previous collaborations, 2010’s You Are Not Alone and 2013’s One True Vine, have served as evidence enough, but now they’re getting ready to unveil If All I Was Was Black, and by the sounds of everything we’ve heard so far, including the newly released “Build A Bridge,” it’ll be another one for the books.
Staples brought her newest single to life on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with the help of Tweedy himself. A medley of steady beats carried along a chorus of back-up vocals to accentuate Staples’ timeless, voluptuous voice as she sang of inclusion: “When I say my life matters / You can say yours does too / But I bet you never had to remind anyone / To look at it from your point of view.”
Staples is currently touring North America alongside fellow legend Bob Dylan. After their show in Boston, they’re taking New York by storm: They’ll perform in Albany on Nov. 17, the forthcoming album’s release date, and Buffalo on Nov. 18, finishing up their tour with a five-day run at the Beacon Theater in New York City starting Nov. 20. Revisit their tour dates and the details of If All I Was Was Black here, plus previous single “Little Bit” here.
Below, watch the Colbert performance, listen to the studio version of “Build A Bridge” and check out an interview with Staples circa 2011 from the Paste Cloud.