Singer/songwriter Tony Joe White has enlisted a host of female stars for his first North American album release in six years.

Singer/songwriter Tony Joe White has enlisted a host of female stars for his first North American album release in six years. Due Sept. 28 via Sanctuary, "The Heroines" sports guest turns from Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Shelby Lynne, Jessi Colter and White's daughter Michelle.

"I had known these women for a long time," White says, "and they've all been like heroes to me through the years. They'd recorded my songs, and we were all good friends. Not only that, but I had loved their voices and the way they played. And all of 'em are soulful. Even though a lot of 'em do country, it's still a soul thing to me."

White is best known for his 1969 pop hit "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia," taken to No. 4 by Brook Benton. His material has also been recorded by Waylon Jennings, Joe Cocker, Tina Turner and Kenny Chesney.

The lone concert date on White's schedule comes Aug. 1 at the Songs at the Lake Music Festival in Lake Placid, N.Y., a lineup that also features Little Feat, Los Lobos and Rodney Crowell, among others.