It’s Tuesday! It’s one day after Monday so that’s already an improvement. But Tuesday also brings us new music. The MBTA is stressing everyone the hell out, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, and I’ll probably have a panic attack sometime this week, but at least we’ve got a sampling of fresh tracks. Let’s take a listen.
First up is the brilliant completed version of the late Pops Staples’ “Friendship” off of the upcoming Don’t Lose This. Daughter and collaborator Mavis Staples talks about the promise she kept to her father, sure to make your heart ache. From ANTI-:
“When I listen to this song my mind goes back to when it was sent to us and Pops first heard it, “ Mavis says. “He loved it right off the bat. He put on his happy face, picked up his guitar and started working on it.”
Don’t Lose This features ten songs originally recorded and produced by Pops and Mavis in 1999 but left unfinished at the time of his death in 2000. The record boasts new production as well as bass and guitar by Jeff Tweedy, and new drums by Spencer Tweedy. Jeff previously collaborated with Mavis Staples on her solo releases, One True Vine and the Grammy-winning You Are Not Alone.
“I’m so happy and relieved to finally get it finished,” Mavis offers. “It’s like I kept my promise to my father. When he said to me “Don’t Lose This” I knew that meant let it be heard. I am so grateful for the help I’ve had from my friends in getting it finished and on being heard.”