Country legends George Jones and Merle Haggard will hit the studio this summer to record their first album since 1982's "A Taste of Yesterday's Wine." Due in October via Bandit Records, "Kickin' Out t

Country legends George Jones and Merle Haggard will hit the studio this summer to record their first album since 1982's "A Taste of Yesterday's Wine." Due in October via Bandit Records, "Kickin' Out the Footlights ... Again" will feature the Haggard-penned title cut.

The track list will be comprised of the 74-year-old Jones recording five of his favorite Haggard songs and vice versa, with a handful of duets sprinkled in. "Jones and I can't help but be competitive and we'll make each other work even harder in the studio," says Haggard, who turned 69 in April.

Among the tunes already tipped for inclusion are Jones' "She Thinks I Still Care" and "The Window Up Above" plus Haggard's "Silver Wings" and "The Way I Am."

Both artist remain touring mainstays; Jones has 40 dates on tap through the end of the year, including a show tonight (June 1) in Chattanooga, Tenn. Haggard will hit the road beginning July 27 in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.