In crafting his latest album, Ringo Starr once again sought a little help from his friends.
In crafting his latest album, Ringo Starr once again sought a little help from his friends. On "Choose Love," the former Beatles drummer utilizes the talents of the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Robert Randolph, Billy Preston and the loose-knit collective the Roundheads, which has assisted on a few of his recent projects. The album is due June 7 via Koch Records.
"It takes a band -- even more than it takes a village -- to make music like this," Starr says of working with producer/multi-instrumentalist Mark Hudson, guitarist Steve Dudas, guitarist Gary Burr and keyboardist/arranger Jim Cox -- aka. the Roundheads. "By now, we feel like we know each other's minds, we know where we're going."
Hudson has been with Starr since playing on 1992's "Time Takes Time" (Private Music), while the rest of the Roundheads have been built through the making of 1998's "Vertical Man" (Mercury), the following year's "I Want To Be Santa Claus" (Mercury) and 2003's "Ringorama" (Koch).
"This has been a joy in my life working with the guys," Starr says. "You can have fun and you can even have that bad day with each other and it's not held against you. So you have the freedom to be who you are and still be together."
The All-Starr Band leader has frequently peppered his full-length recordings with guests, and "Choose Love" is no exception. Of her work on "Don't Hang Up," Starr says Hynde "made her part her own. She changed it and made it better."
Meanwhile, Family Band leader Randolph appears on "Fading In, Fading Out" and "Oh My Lord," the latter of which also features Preston. "When I wrote 'Photograph' and 'Back off Boogaloo' I had George [Harrison] to produce me and George was always trying to get into them the words 'God' and 'Krishna' and I fought it," Starr says of that song. "And now just with the growth within myself, I have no problem with that now. George, bless him, has his 'Sweet Lord' -- this is mine."
Although Starr's touring plans in support the new release are unknown at deadline, a June 17 appearance as part of ABC's "Good Morning America" summer concert series is confirmed. That performance will take place in New York's Bryant Park and will be open to the public.
Here is the "Choose Love" track list:
"Fading In, Fading Out"
"Give Me Back the Beat"
"Oh My Lord"
"Hard To Be True"
"Why Am I Always Wrong?"
"Don't Hang Up"
"Me and You"