Semisonic principal Dan Wilson, who has become an in-demand songwriter and producer in recent years, will return to his own music this fall with the release of his solo debut.

Semisonic principal Dan Wilson, who has become an in-demand songwriter and producer in recent years, will return to his own music this fall with the release of his solo debut. "Free Life" is due Oct. 16 via American Recordings and was executive produced by label head Rick Rubin.

Among the contributors to the album are Sheryl Crow, who sings on "Sugar," the Jayhawks' Gary Louris, who plays guitar on "Cry," Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers pianist Benmont Tench, N*E*R*D drummer Eric Fawcett and Nickel Creek guitarist Sean Watkins.

Wilson hasn't released any of his own music since Semisonic's 2001 swan swong, "All About Chemistry." Since then, he has worked as a co-writer or producer with acts such as the Dixie Chicks, Mike Doughty, Jewel, Jazon Mraz and Rachael Yamagata.

For his contribution to the Chicks' "Not Ready to Make a Nice," he earned a song of the year Grammy last February.

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