Mavis Staples Announces Collaborative Album with Levon Helm

'Carry Me Home' was recorded at Helm's studio in 2011

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished Mar 15, 2022

Mavis Staples has shared details of a collaborative album with the late Levon Helm. Carry Me Home arrives May 20 via ANTI-.

Carry Me Home was recorded live in 2011 at the Band drummer/vocalist's studio in Woodstock, NY. Among Helm's final recordings, the 12-track collection marks the pair's last-ever performance together.

Staples shared in a statement, "It never crossed my mind that it might be the last time we'd see each other. He was so full of life and so happy that week. He was the same old Levon I'd always known, just a beautiful spirit inside and out."

Helm died in April 2012 at the age of 71, following a lengthy battle with cancer. You can watch the two artists perform "You Got to Move" in the player below.

Staples last released We Get By in 2019, a collaborative effort with Ben Harper.

Last year, the band's Stage Fright was treated to a 50th anniversary reissue, while Staples featured prominently in Questlove-directed doc Summer of Soul.

Carry Me Home

1. This Is My Country
2. Trouble in My Mind
3. Farther Along
4. Hand Writing on the Wall
5. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
6. Move Along Train
7. This May Be the Last Time
8. When I Go Away
9. Wide River to Cross
10. You Got to Move
11. You Got to Serve Somebody
12. The Weight

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