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June 17th, 2022. Iconic singer Mavis Staples is an alchemist of American music, and during her 70+ year career one of her most beloved musical moments was her riveting performance in Martin Scorsese's film "The Last Waltz", performing "The Weight" with The Band, a moment that forged a life-long friendship between her and Levon Helm.
Staples came to Woodstock, NY to perform as part of Helm's renowned Midnight Ramble series, and the ensuing concert - vailable now for the first time on the rousing new ANTI- Records release "Carry Me Home" - would mark a personal high watermark for both artists. Captured live in the summer of 2011, "Carry Me Home" showcases two of the past century's most iconic voices coming together in love and joy, tracing their shared roots and celebrating the enduring power of faith and music. The setlist was righteous that night, mixing vintage gospel and soul with timeless folk and blues, and the performances were loose and playful, fueled by an ecstatic atmosphere that was equal parts family reunion and tent revival.