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Eight Forty-Eight

Richard Steele sits down with Mavis Staples

Collaboration is nothing new for legendary gospel singer Mavis Staples.

She started her music career with what some might consider the toughest co-workers--her relatives! That’s back when she sang with The Staples Singers, a group led by her father, Pops Staples.

Since branching out on her own Mavis has paired up with almost everyone from Bob Dylan to Prince.

So another partnership isn’t odd. But would you have pictured Staples connecting with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy? Tweedy not only produced but wrote a couple of tracks for Staples’ latest effort You Are Not Alone.

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