Your Good Fortune

Your Good Fortune

by Mavis StaplesMavis Staples


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Only two months after the release of Don't Lose This, an album based on the final recordings of her father Pops, Mavis Staples issued Your Good Fortune, an EP made with fellow Anti- label artist Son Little. It came out around the same time as Mavis!, a documentary and celebration of Staples' 60 years as one of the most enriching and relevant voices in music. Producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Little -- his sound rustic and heartfelt, rooted in classic soul and blues, with added rhythmic heft applied from hip-hop -- is as viable an accomplice for Staples as Jeff Tweedy. There's a little more dust and grit in these four songs, split between originals and updates, than there is in the Tweedy sessions. There are no composer credits on the physical release, but Staples acknowledged that Little wrote the first two songs. The title cut is high-quality Southern gospel, where Staples questions her worth in front of an echoing trio of background vocalists (including Megan Livingston, Little's sister). "Fight" is a tightly tumbling protest song with bite: "Freedom and justice, well, they ain't yo' plaything/Prop up your puppets and you kill the real kings." Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," covered by the Pops-fronted Staples on 1962's Hammer and Nails (as "Dying Man's Plea"), has appropriately solemn backing, while a fresh version of Pops' own "Wish I Had Answered" (the original of which appeared on 1963's This Land), concludes the short set in rollicking, feverish fashion. Hopefully this is merely a teaser for a full-length collaboration. Staples and Little are a fine creative match.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2015
Label: Anti
UPC: 0045778738120
catalogNumber: 87381
Rank: 84288


  1. Your Good Fortune
  2. Fight
  3. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
  4. Wish I Had Answered

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mavis Staples   Primary Artist,Vocals
Count   Electric Piano
Donny Gerrard   Background Vocals
Stephen Hodges   Percussion,Gong
Rick Holmstrom   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Vicki Randle   Background Vocals
Megan Livingston   Background Vocals
Jeff Turmes   Slide Guitar
Son Little   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Melodica,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Count   Producer,drum programming
Steve Weeder   Engineer
Son Little   Producer,drum programming

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