Mavis On Her Remarkable Career

From Rolling Stone: ‘Mavis Staples is sitting in the lounge of her tour bus outside the Tower Theater in Philadelphia, telling a story about her current tourmate, Bob Dylan. The other day, Dylan asked Staples to rehearse a duet of “Gonna Change My Way of Thinking,” a funky gospel rocker from Slow Train Coming that the pair re-recorded in 2002, earning a Grammy nomination in the process. But the rehearsal hit some roadblocks. First, they couldn’t settle on who has to sing the line “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse.” “He said, ‘You’re going to sing it this time. I did it for you last time,’ ” Staples recalls. “I said, ‘You didn’t do it for me. It’s your song!’ ” And with the song’s seven verses, Staples, 78, had trouble getting the lyrics straight. “I asked him, ‘Do you have a teleprompter?’ He says” – she drops her voice to Dylan’s guttural rasp – “ ’I’m too cheap to buy a prompter, Mavis.’ I told him, ‘You can buy one for me, Bobby!’ ”‘

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