Singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding (real name: Wesley Stace) has once again sharpened his engaging storytelling skills to create his ninth studio album, "The Man With No Shadow." Due June 25 via Ma

Singer/songwriter John Wesley Harding (real name: Wesley Stace) has once again sharpened his engaging storytelling skills to create his ninth studio album, "The Man With No Shadow." Due June 25 via Mammoth, the set features 12 tracks fueled by the trademark literate songwriting style that has won Harding a dedicated following.

"'The Man With No Shadow' is the first record I've made where I didn't feel hampered by my resources: players, production, musicianship, time," Harding said in a statement. "For the first time ever, everything clicked into place."

Utilizing his unusual capacity to combine emotion and wit in an intelligent dialogue, Harding backs such cuts as "Monkey and His Cat," "She Never Talks," and "Sluts" with an irresistible pop soundtrack. The album's first single will be "Negative Love," which will be sent in May to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration. "Shadow" is the follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed release, "The Confessions of St. Ace," Harding's first album for Mammoth.

Appleseed Records last year reissued Harding's 1998 Zero Hour album, "Awake" with bonus tracks, including a duet of "Wreck on the Highway" with the Bruce Springsteen. Appleseed has also reissued the 1999 Zero Hour collection of traditional songs "Trad Arr Jones" with extra tracks not included on the original release.

The artist's wesweb.net site often features downloadable songs, as well as the "Dynablob" series of live albums. The site is also the home to the Royal Society for the Protection and Care of John Wesley Harding fan club, a detailed tour diary, and a message board for fans to trade live recordings of Harding shows.

"The site is exemplary of the way I've conducted my career," Harding told Billboard last year. "It promotes my new music, but it also talks about music, in general, and it allows people to communicate with each other. That's what I've always wanted my music to be... a catalyst for interaction."

Harding spent the better part of January and February on tour in Germany. In March, he played a one-off show in New York where he performed the new album in its entirety, and was joined onstage by former Lemonheads principal Evan Dando. A full tour in support of "The Man With No Shadow" is in the works for later this year.

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