Eagle Rock EntertainmentThe ***** Blues' Justin Hayward has revealed full details about the new solo album ***** be releasing in the coming weeks. Scheduled to arrive in stores on February 26, Spirits of the Western Sky marks the singer/guitarist's first solo effort since 1996's The View from the Hill.
The 15-track collection was recorded in Genoa, Italy, and Nashville, and finds the 66-year-old rocker exploring some country and bluegrass sounds on a few of the tunes. One of the songs, "On the Road to Love," was co-written by Hayward and Kenny Loggins.
"[Loggins] and I were both on the road and staying in the same hotel," Hayward says, explaining how their collaboration came about. "We had a great day playing guitar together and we came up with 'On the Road to Love.' Kenny plays and sings on the track with me."
A number of other tracks on Spirits of the Western Sky feature orchestration by the Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, who also won a Grammy for her work with the Art of Noise. Hayward describes Dudley as "one of the true greats," adding, "I've worked with Anne on different projects over the years and it's always a joy (when she is arranging, all the studio musicians know it's going to be wonderful)."
As for the album in general, Justin calls it "a labor of love" that's "been my whole life for the last few years." He adds, "Every track is truly from my heart."
No word yet if Hayward plans to support the album with any solo dates. The ***** Blues, meanwhile, are scheduled to launch a brief U.S. tour on March 8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Here is the complete track list for Hayward's Spirits of the Western Sky:
"In Your Blue Eyes"
"One Day, Someday"
"The Western Sky"
"The Eastern Sun"
"On the Road to Love"
"In the Beginning"
"It's Cold Outside of Your Heart"
"What You Resist Persists"
"Captivated by You"
"One Day, Someday" (Alternative Extended Version)
"Out There Somewhere"
"Out There Somewhere" (Raul Rincon Remix)
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