Aug 242010

Soul legend/certified American treasure Mavis Staples has a long history of work with rootsy musicians. Staples has recorded with the best of the country-rock tradition, from The Band to Bob Dylan (from whom she once turned down a marriage proposal!).

Seen in that light, her current partnership with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy is only natural. Tweedy produced her upcoming album You Are Not Alone, which includes covers of Randy Newman (“Losing You”), Allen Toussaint (“Last Train”), and Creedence Clearwater Revival. The CCR song of choice is “Wrote a Song for Everyone,” from the seminal album Green River. Tweedy and Staples performed an acoustic version for Mojo. As you might expect, the two destroy it. Check out the video below.

Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy – Wrote a Song for Everyone (Creedence
Clearwater Revival cover)

Check out more Mavis Staples at her website. You Are Not Alone is out September 14th on ANTI-.

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