Mavis Staples was joined by Wilco‘s Jeff Tweedy for a performance of her song “Build a Bridge” on the increasingly entertaining “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday night (November 7). Recently Staples and Tweedy joined forces on an album called, If All I Was Was Black, which will release on November 17 via Anti.
Mavis Staples talked about the political content of the music:
“You can’t stop me. You can’t break me. I’m too loving. These songs are going to change the world.”
Jeff Tweedy aso spoke about the album:
“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.”
Watch the performance below.