We welcomed famed singer Mavis Staples back with open arms when she announced her latest EP, Your Good Fortune. And now that the four-song has been released, we've had the gritty, soulful collection on repeat. While the title track is definitely one of our favorites, "Fight," another collaboration with Son Little, is also a must listen.
With the current state of racial and political affairs in America looking more like 1965 than 2015, "Fight" is a timely musical contribution from the soul music legend. She dips into some of the sounds of classic soul and blues here, with twangy guitars, bass stabs, down-home drums and just a touch of organ. But what really brings it all home is Mavis' powerful chorus, "So I pray though I'm tired / This can't wait / So we fight." It's a fitting battle cry, especially with the recent injustices of police brutality and the repeal of key provisions in the historic Voting Rights Act causing protests and outrage in the African-American community and beyond.
You can listen and sing along to Mavis's lyric video for "Fight" right here. And while you do so, be sure to pick up a copy of Your Good Fortune, which is available at music retailers right now.