Merchant Wrapping Up 'Motherland'

Natalie Merchant is eyeing a November release date for her third Elektra solo album, "Motherland." The set is being produced by T-Bone Burnett ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") and features a backing ban

Natalie Merchant is eyeing a November release date for her third Elektra solo album, "Motherland." The set is being produced by T-Bone Burnett ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?") and features a backing band of guitarists Gabriel Gordon and Erik Della Penna, bassist Graham Maby (David Bowie), keyboardist Elizabeth Steen, and drummer Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, Tori Amos).

"Motherland" is Merchant's first studio album since 1998's "Ophelia," which debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 and featured the single "Kind & Generous," which hit No. 3 on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. Earlier this year, the artist debuted the song "Three Wishes" at the Tibet House benefit concert in New York, but it is not known if the track will appear on "Motherland."

Since "Ophelia," Merchant also released the live set "Live in Concert," which featured solo hits such as "Wonder" and "Carnival" alongside covers of Neil Young's "After the Gold Rush" and David Bowie's "Space Oddity."