Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Art of the Cover - Mavis Staples’ "Livin’ on a High Note" (2016)

A vibrant piece of artwork adorns Mavis Staples brand new LP Livin’ on a High Note. released on the ANTI- Records label.

A follow up to last year’s Your Good Fortune EP, the album features 12 songs penned specifically for the gospel icon by a stellar cast of srists - the likes of Nick Cave, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, M. Ward, tUnE-yArds, Benjamin Booker, and The Head and the Heart.

Livin’ on a High Note was also produced by M. Ward, as opposed to Staples’ two previous albums, 2013’s One True Vine and 2010’s You Are Not Alone, which were overseen by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

As a taster for of the record, Staples dropped the single “High Note” - a  the soulful, feel-good numberwhich was written by Memphis folk/blues songwriter Valerie June.


01. Take Us Back (Benjamin Booker)
02. Love and Trust (Ben Harper)
03. If It’s a Light (The Head and the Heart)
04. Action (tUnE-yArds)
05. High Note (Valerie June)
06. Don’t Cry (M. Ward)
07. Tomorrow (Aloe Blacc/John Batiste)
08. Dedicated (Justin Vernon/ M.Ward)
09. History Now (Neko Case)
10. One Love (Son Little)
11. Jesus Lay Down Beside Me (Nick Cave)
12. MLK Song (M. Ward / Martin Luther King)

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