Norah Jones & Mavis Staples Solidify ‘Friendship’

Hear the “I’ll Be Gone” collaborators team back up for the Pops Staples tune.

By Nate Todd Oct 28, 2022 11:49 am PDT

Norah Jones and Mavis Staples teamed up to perform “Friendship” on the Norah Jones Is Playing Along podcast. Mavis’ father Pops Staples recorded the song in 1999 shortly before his death on December 19, 2000.

Homer Banks — who penned some of the Staple Singers’ Stax hits like ​​”Long Walk To DC” — co-wrote “Friendship” with collaborator Lester Snell. While Pops recorded the song in 1999, it didn’t appear on an album until the 2015 Jeff Tweedy-produced posthumous record Don’t Lose This.

Norah Jones and Mavis Stales solidified their “Friendship” — the duo released the collaborative track “I'll Be Gone” in 2019 — on Norah Jones Is Playing Along, which sees the keyboardist welcoming musicians for discussion and performances. Norah delivered a crispy-sounding electric piano as she and Mavis traded verses on the tune and harmonized on the chorus.

Hear Norah Jones and Mavis Staples on “Friendship” below:

Listen to the full Norah Jones Is Playing Along podcast episode with Mavis Staples:

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