For the past few years, the Chicago soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples has been working with Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy, and she’ll release her newest Tweedy-produced album If All I Was Was Black next week. Last night on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Staples was the musical guest. She sang her single “Build A Bridge,” and her backing band included both Tweedy and Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste. It’s a smoothly impassioned performance, and there’s a fun moment at the end where Staples playfully swats at Colbert’s back. You can watch it below.
If All I Was Was Black is out 11/17 on Anti-.