Published Apr 08, 2013Three years after soul veteran Mavis Staples teamed up in the studio with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy to put together You Are Not Alone, the pair have announced a follow-up collaboration. Titled One True Vine, Staples' next set arrives June 25 through Anti-.
According to a press release, this latest 10-song collection finds Staples "traversing darker terrain with stark, acoustic arrangements," while adding that the singer delivers "the most honest, unvarnished vocal performances of her career." Tweedy produced the platter at his the Loft studio in Chicago, and lent his multi-instrumentalist touch to the recordings too, while his son Spencer took on drumming duties.
As far as the song selection goes, One True Vine features new tunes written for Staples like Tweedy original "Jesus Wept" and the Nick Lowe-penned "Far Celestial Shores," as well as several covers like a rework of Low's recent The Invisible Way track "Holy Ghost."
You can sample Staples' rustic but funky take on Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That" in all of its gospel choir glory in the stream down below.
One True Vine:
1. Holy Ghost
2. Every Step
3. Can You Get to That
4. Jesus Wept
5. Far Celestial Shores
6. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today
7. Sow Good Seeds
8. I Like the Things About Me
9. Woke Up This Morning (With My Mind on Jesus)
10. One True Vine