The dynamic teaming of Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples combine to powerful effect on the newly-released ‘Live Wire,’ from Crow’s forthcoming collaborative album Threads. The new track follows the release in April of ‘Redemption Day,’ which featured a virtual duet between Crow and Johnny Cash.
Threads is due for release on 30 August on Big Machine Label Group’s Valory Music Co. The infectious groove of ‘Live Wire’ featuring strong vocals by all three artists as well as Raitt’s distinctive slide guitar. It’s supported by a video of live rehearsal footage starring the triumvirate of stars, ahead of the official promo clip for the track.
Crow recently performed at Staples’ 80th birthday celebration concert in Nashville, which also featured Nick Lowe, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Elle King, The War and Treaty, Wynonna, the Milk Carton Kids and Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi All-Stars. Marty Stuart was also on hand, playing the guitar previously employed by Mavis’ beloved father in the Staple Singers, Pops Staples.
“Mavis Staples means so much more to me than any words I could write about her,” said Crow in a statement. “I feel like, in many ways, she is the Godmother to Bonnie Raitt. To say that having both of these soulful women on ‘Live Wire’ is a treat would be a huge understatement.”
She continues of the forthcoming album: “This is where my story begins; in the imagination of a young girl from Missouri who began to feel a part of a beautiful and inspiring universe of art, created by musicians who made me want to leave my small town and embark on something bigger than anything I could possibly imagine.
“As I became a mother, I’ve explored life through my children and seen the greater impact of our actions and voices. This collection is the Threads of both my inspirations and younger artists carrying the torch for humanity with their stories.”
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