Former "American Idol" champ Taylor Hicks returns March 10 with a new album, "The Distance," the follow-up to his lone major-label release.
The album is preceded Jan. 27 by the digital single "What's Right Is Right" and will be released on Hicks' own Modern Whomp Records, with distribution from independent artist services company Artist to Market.
Hicks enlisted Eric Clapton producer Simon Climie for "The Distance," and longtime Clapton collaborators Doyle Bramhall II and Nathan East play on the album. Paul McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. mans the kit.
Hicks left J following his 2006 self-titled debut for the label, which sold 703,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Here is the track list for "The Distance":
"Wedding Day Blues,"
"Seven Mile Breakdown,"
"What's Right Is Right"
"Woman's Gotta Have It"
"New Found Freedom"
"I Live on a Battlefield"
"Maybe You Should"
"Once Upon a Lover of Mine"
"Keepin' It Real"