As busy as I am, I wanted to take a moment to call attention to Mavis Staples' new album, You Are Not Alone. Yes, it was produced by Jeff Tweedy, and yes, that's probably the only reason I took an interest in it in the first place. But no matter my motives, I did check it out, and it's really excellent. I'm not much of a soul music fan, and I'm wary of blindly embracing albums via a production credit (see: Ryan Adams-produced Songbird by Willie Nelson, which I scarcely touched after its initial release.) But You Are Not Alone really surprised me. Embedded below is Mavis and Jeff chatting about the record in an endearing little documentary clip:
"I don't know where Tweedy's been all my life." -- Mavis Staples
I hear you, Mavis. I remember thinking the same thing after I first listened to Summerteeth.