Mavis Staples and Levon Helm Collaborative Album Announced

    In the summer of 2011, Mavis Staples and the late Levon Helm recorded a session together at Levon’s Woodstock studio, which ended up being their last performance together. That show be will now be released as an album titled Carry Me Home, which is out May 20 via ANTI-. It includes renditions of songs made famous by Nina Simone, The Impressions, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and more. The first single is a take on the gospel traditional ‘You Got to Move’, which you can hear below.

    “It never crossed my mind that it might be the last time we’d see each other,” Staples said in a press release. “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…”

    She continued: “We hugged and hugged and hugged. I just held on to him. I didn’t know it’d be the last time, but in my heart and in my mind, Levon will always be with me because I take him everywhere I go. Yes, indeed. I can see him right now. And some sweet day, we’ll be together again.”

    Carry Me Home Cover Artwork:

    Carry Me Home Tracklist:

    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

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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