Best Of 2016

Best star-power collab: BENJAMIN BOOKER + MAVIS STAPLES

Best star-power collab

Ben Harper, M. Ward, Justin Vernon, Neko Case, Nick Cave… all were among the artists tapped to co-write songs on Mavis Staples’s 15th LP, this year’s Livin’ on a High Note. Also on that list? Benjamin Booker, one of Tampa Bay’s most recently buzzed-about exports, who collabbed with the R&B-soul pioneer on the album’s funky gliding lead-off track, “Take Us Back,” lending back-up vocals, guitar support and songwriting chops to the proceedings. —Leilani Polk