Joss Stone is returning to her roots with “The Soul Sessions Volume 2,” a sequel to her 2003 breakthrough album that will also see her reuniting with original label S-Curve Records. Due out July 31 through a partnership with Stone’s own Stone’d Records, “Volume 2” follows the same model as its predecessor by delving into deep cuts from the ’60s and ’70s (The Honey Cone’s “While You’re Out Looking For Sugar,” Sylvia’s “Pillow Talk,” The Dells’ “The Love We Had”) as well as a recent alt-rock hit (Broken Bells’ “The High Road.”)
She will debut many of the 11 songs at a preview concert set for June 20 at New York’s Highline Ballroom.
“I really had fun revisiting ‘The Soul Sessions’ idea and I’m really pleased with the results,” Stone said in a statement. “I’ve committed long-term to my label Stone’d Records, but it felt right to team up with Steve Greenberg and S-Curve again for this release. I think there are some great songs on the album and I loved performing them with such brilliant musicians.”
The original “Soul Sessions” sold 5 million copies worldwide and peaked at No. 39 on The Billboard 200. The 2012 sessions, recorded in April in Nashville, features a seasoned lineup of musicians including Ernie Isley, Delbert McClinton, Muscle Shoals’ Swamper Clayton Ivey and soul singer Betty Wright reprising backup vocal duties.
Stone has been quite prolific since in recent years. Since ending her contract with EMI in 2009 with “Colour Me Free,” she self-released the Dave Stewart-produced “LP1” last summer and has recorded at least two more additional albums’ worth of material for projects tentatively titled “LP2” and “Homemade Jam.” In January, she announced a partnership with Getty Images Music for a new commercial licensing platform called Guestlist.