After dropping hints on his social media accounts all week, Bruce Springsteen has finally announced details about Western Stars, his upcoming album out on June 14th.
“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.”
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
According to a press release: “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”
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 13-time Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst.
Western Stars will be available for pre-order on Friday, April 26 and is the first new studio album from “The Boss” in five years. It was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York.
According to a press release: “It takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s”
The news of the new album comes after Springsteen posted three mysterious images to his Instagram over the past few days. The photos, which depict somewhat psychedelic natural imagery of trees and dessert scenes, were all been posted with no captions or explanations from Springsteen.
Western Stars’ Track Listing (All written by Bruce Springsteen)
- Hitch Hikin’
- The Wayfarer
- Tucson Train
- Western Stars
- Sleepy Joe’s Café
- Drive Fast (The Stuntman)
- Chasin’ Wild Horses
- Somewhere North of Nashville
- There Goes My Miracle
- Hello Sunshine
- Moonlight Motel
Bruce Springsteen’s recording career spans over 40 years, beginning with 1973’s ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ’ . He has garnered 20 Grammys, won an Oscar and a Tony, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, received a Kennedy Center Honor, and was MusiCares’ 2013 Person of the Year.
Springsteen’s memoir ‘Born to Run’ and its companion album ‘Chapter and Verse’ were released in September 2016, and he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2016.
His historic 236-show run of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ at Jujamcyn’s Walter Kerr Theatre from October 2017 to December 2018 also yielded an accompanying soundtrack album and Netflix special.