Both as part of the Staples Singers and on her own, Mavis Staples has been a legend of gospel and R&B music for more than 40 years. Her next album, "We'll Never Turn Back," produced by Ry Cooder, finds the 66-year-old singer tackling classic songs like "This Little Light" and "Eyes on the Prize" that were pivotal to the civil rights movement of the '60s. "On My Way" is one of the album's slower, bluesier cuts and finds Staple's rich, full voice in fine form. It's a soul-stirring treat.
-- David Marchese