Pegi Young Preps First Album With Help From Hubby Neil

Pegi Young has toured as a backing vocalist with her husband Neil for years, but on June 12, her own music will be in the spotlight with the release of her self-titled debut for Warner Bros.

Pegi Young has toured as a backing vocalist with her husband Neil for years, but on June 12, her own music will be in the spotlight with the release of her self-titled debut for Warner Bros.

The project blends originals such as "Heterosexual Masses," "Fake," "Love Like Water" and "White Line in the Sun" with covers of Spooner Oldham and Den Penn's "I'm Not Through Loving You Yet" and three cuts penned by Will Jennings: "When the Wildlife Betrays Me," "Hold On" and "I Like the Party Life."

"They helped tell this story I was thinking about and was taking shape in my head; it's sort of a melancholy theme and a reflective record," she tells Billboard.com.

Young recorded the album in her husband's studio at their Northern California ranch with assistance from bassist Rick Rosas, guitarist Anthony Crawford, drummers Karl Himmel and Chad Cromwell and pedal steel whiz Ben Keith. And yes, Neil wound up playing on a host of tracks, including an electric sitar solo on "Love Like Water."

"Leading up to it, I put the band together and we just sort of avoided discussing whether Neil was going to play on it or not," Young says. "He dropped by the first day and kind of listened, and the next day, the guys at the studio had wisely created a little space for him, should he want to participate at all. And then he just ended up playing on everything, all the way through."

The sessions were so productive that Young already has a dozen fully mixed songs ready to go for a future release. "The more I write, the more I write," she says. "It's not necessarily condition-specific; all of the sudden there's an idea and it comes out in verse. It starts to make itself a poem or a future song."

Young is hoping to play live in the months ahead, having already spent three days rehearsing with a retooled version of her studio band. And Neil fans can rejoice, as Pegi confirms all signs point to a fall release for the former's long-awaited "Archives Vol. 1" boxed set. "You know, from your lips to god's ears!," she says with a laugh. "From what I've seen and gleaned from just being around, it looks like the first bit of it will be out this year."