ANTI- RecordsThe Staple SingersMavis Staples made some of the most acclaimed albums of her solo career working in collaboration with Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy, and now the two are teaming again for a new album.

Staples’ If All I Was Was Black, coming November 17, is a collection of entirely new songs written by Tweedy expressly for Mavis, responding to the contemporary racial and political climate.

“Some people are saying they want to make the world great again, but we never lost our greatness. We just strayed into division,” Mavis said in a statement.

Tweedy added, “I’ve always thought of art as a political statement in and of itself — that it was enough to be on the side of creation and not destruction. But there is something that feels complicit at this moment in time about not facing what is happening in this country head on.”

Tweedy and Staples first joined forces on 2010’s You Are Not Alone, which won a Best Americana album Grammy. They reunited in 2013 for One True Vine.

As previously reported, Mavis will embark on a tour opening for Bob Dylan starting next month.

Here is the track list for If All I Was Was Black:

“Little Bit”
“If All I Was Was Black”
“Who Told You That”
“Ain’t No Doubt About It” (feat. Jeff Tweedy)
“Peaceful Dream”
“No Time for Crying”
“Build a Bridge”
“We Go High”
“Try Harder”
“All Over Again”

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