Randy Newman is set to release his first album of new material in nine years. “Harps and Angels,” produced by Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker, arrives via Nonesuch on Aug. 5.
“A Few Words in Defense of My Country,” a single released exclusively to iTunes last year, will be included in the track list.
Newman’s 2003 hits collection, “The Randy Newman Songbook: Vol. 1,” was the singer/songwriter’s last release and first for Nonesuch. His last original set, “Bad Love,” was released in 1999. His highest Billboard 200 charting album was 1978’s “Little Criminals,” which peaked at No. 9.
Newman, 64, has a busy gig calendar in May, plus a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the Fourth of July weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.
He performed at this year’s New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 1 and has another symphony-backed show in Denver on May 23. Additionally, he is slated to perform solo May 4 in St. Louis and May 5 and 6 in Iowa City, Iowa.
Here is the track list for “Harps and Angels”:
“Harps and Angels”
“Laugh and Be Happy”
“A Few Words in Defense of My Country”
“A Piece of the Pie”
“Only a Girl”
“Feels Like Home”