The legendary gospel singer partnered again with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on the inspirational 'All in it Together'
Celebrity songs inspired by the COVID-19 crisis have been, uh, hit and miss so far. But 80-year-old Mavis Staples and frequent collaborator Jeff Tweedy have managed to raise the bar with "All in it Together." I'm guessing this one was recorded pre-corona (maybe during the sessions for the 2017 Tweedy-produced If All I Was Was Black?), but the uplifting, folksy track is perfect for these times. Staples had this to say about it in a press release:
“The song speaks to what we're going through now — everyone is in this together, whether you like it or not. It doesn't matter how much money you have, what race or sex you are, where you live... it can still touch you. It's hit so many people in our country and around the world in such a horrible way, and I just hope this song can bring a little light to the darkness. We will get through this, but we're going to have to do it together. If this song is able to bring any happiness or relief to anyone out there in even the smallest way, I wanted to make sure that I helped to do that.”
The song was produced by Wilco's Tweedy, who also plays guitar and sings on the track. Obviously any track with just those two musicians would be more than enough, but perusing the credits for this song reads like a who's-who of the Chicago scene, including Scott Ligon of NRBQ and the Flat Five on piano, Kelly Hogan (Flat Five, Neko Case) on background vocals and Wilco's Glenn Kotche on percussion.
Listen below, and if you'd like to own the song, head over to Bandcamp, where your $1 will go to My Block, My Hood, My City, a Chicago organization "ensuring seniors have access to the essentials needed to fight COVID-19."