Ringo Starr will release a new solo album, Ringo Rama, in
March. The record features guest spots by Eric Clapton, David
Gilmour, Willie Nelson, Van Dyke Parks, Shawn Colvin, the Eagles’
Timothy B. Schmit and legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden.
Starr recorded most of the album, his first collection of new
material since 1998’s Vertical Man, in his own studio in
England with producer Mark Hudson, with a few tracks done at
Hudson’s Los Angeles’ studio. Among the songs included is “Never
Without You,” Starr’s tribute (written with Gary Nicholson and
Hudson) to his former Beatles band mate George Harrison. The track
is one of two that features Clapton, a friend of Harrison.
“There’s a lot of me in these songs,” Starr said. “As time goes
on, my personality is coming out more and more in the music. That’s
just what happens. On this album my drumming is more dynamic, I’m
more to the front, I think I’m singing better and I believe we’re
writing better songs.”
Starr and his All-Starr Band will tour behind Ringo
Rama this summer.