Mavis Staples Premieres New Nick Cave Penned Track
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 12:23:22
Today, Mavis Staples premiered "Jesus Lay Down Beside Me," on Pitchfork. The song was written by Australian rocker Nick Cave. The gospel singer is releasing her new album, Livin' On A High Note (ANTI-, Epitaph), on February 19th. The album was produced by M. Ward and features tracks written by James Vernon of Bon Iver, tUnE-yArDs, Neko Case, and Aloe Blacc.
Mavis said in a statement about the new album, "I've been singing my freedom songs and I wanted to stretch out and sing some songs that were new. I told the writers I was looking for some joyful songs. I want to leave something to lift people up; I'm so busy making people cry, not from sadness, but I'm always telling a part of history that brought us down and I'm trying to bring us back up. These songwriters gave me a challenge. They gave me that feeling of, 'Hey, I can hang! I can still do this!' There's a variety, and it makes me feel refreshed and brand new. Just like Benjamin Booker wrote on the opening track, 'I got friends and I got love around me, I got people, the people who love me.' I'm living on a high note, I'm above the clouds. I'm just so grateful. I must be the happiest old girl in the world. Yes, indeed."
This will be Mavis Staples' follow-up to 2015's Your Good Fortune EP. She also has a new documentary, Mavis!, being released February 29th on HBO. She will be touring this spring and summer, beginning March 4th in Dallas, and including dates in Kansas City, Chicago, and at Coachella.
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—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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