The Boss is back — officially, as on Thursday Bruce Springsteen announced a forthcoming new studio album titled Western Stars. It’ll be released on June 14 via Columbia Records, and will be his first studio album of new material since 2014’s High Hopes, though he’s kept busy in recent years with his one-man Broadway show and corresponding Netflix film special, among other activities.
New album #WesternStars coming June 14. “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It's a jewel box of a record." – Bruce pic.twitter.com/X00HQRWJoL
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) April 25, 2019
The album’s lead single, “Hello Sunshine,” will be available soon.
Via Springsteen’s official news release:
This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements,” says Springsteen. “It’s a jewel box of a record.”
The 13 tracks of ‘Western Stars’ encompass a sweeping range of American themes, of highways and desert spaces, of isolation and community and the permanence of home and hope.
As for the composition of the new album’s material:
Ron Aniello produced the album with Springsteen and plays bass, keyboard, and other instruments. Patti Scialfa provides vocals and contributes vocal arrangements on four tracks. The musical arrangements include strings, horns, pedal steel and contributions from more than 20 other players including Jon Brion (who plays celeste, Moog, and farfisa), as well as guest appearances by David Sancious, Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell. The album was mixed by Tom Elmhirst.
The track listing for Western Stars:
1. “Hitch Hikin’”
2. “The Wayfarer”
3. “Tucson Train”
4. “Western Stars”
5. “Sleepy Joe’s Café”
6. “Drive Fast (The Stuntman)”
7. “Chasin’ Wild Horses”
9. “Somewhere North of Nashville”
11. “There Goes My Miracle”
12. “Hello Sunshine”
13. “Moonlight Motel”