Roots Set Date For New Album, Record With Booker T.

Booker T.'s New Band: The Drive By Truckers

The Roots' long-delayed album "How I Got Over" has a new release date. The set will now come out June 8 on Def Jam, according to a Twitter post from drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson.

"How I Got Over" was originally expected last June, then in the fall and in early 2010, but was continually pushed back because the Roots kept recording new material in the midst of their stint as the house band on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." "Since March, I think we have about 723 jams in the can," Thompson told Billboard last October. "There is a difference between a performance if you play with musicians that are in sync rather than doing it isolated and alone -- there's just a different energy when we do it this way."

The track list for the album has yet to be announced, but it is likely to include the high-energy, soul-tinged title track, which the Roots debuted last June on "Late Night" and often perform as the warm-up song before show tapings.

In other news, the Roots yesterday began recording a new album with Booker T. Jones of Booker T and the MGs. The project will be the follow-up to Jones' Grammy-winning 2009 Anti- album "Potato Hole" and is expected to feature a handful of special guest vocalists.

As previously reported, tickets are on sale today for the third Roots Picnic, to be held June 5 at Philadelphia's Festival Pier. The Roots will perform alongside Vampire Weekend, Clipse and a special, as-yet-unannounced reunion from a legendary hip-hop group.


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