Iggy Pop and Frank Black of Pixies have covered songs by Mose Allison for a forthcoming tribute album. The influential Mississippi singer-songwriter died in 2016 at the age of 89.
Iggy’s smoky, sauntering rendition of “If You’re Going to the City”—from Allison’s 1968 album I’ve Been Doin’ Some Thinkin’—and Black’s version of “Numbers on Paper”—from Allison’s 1998 album Gimcracks and Gewgaws—were released by Fat Possum Records earlier this week.
The label will release the full tribute album, titled If You’re Going to the City: A Tribute to Mose Allison, on November 29. Other musicians who have contributed include Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Fiona Apple and Elvis Costello.
Mose’s daughter Amy Allison collaborated with musician/producer Don Heffington on the tribute album. “We were talking about my dad’s legacy and thinking about all the musicians who were fans, and how a tribute album featuring some of these artists would be cool, especially if it were to benefit a worthy cause,” Amy Allison said in a press statement. Proceeds from the album will go to the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, a non-profit that provides financial assistance for career musicians facing illness, disability or age-related problems.
Hear Iggy and Black’s tributes below.
“If You’re Going to the City,” covered by Iggy Pop:
“Numbers on Paper,” covered by Frank Black: