Late, Late Night FDL: Miles From Nowhere
Yusuf (the singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens) has a brand new album due next month…
Cat Stevens is ready to build on his recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has signed with Legacy Recordings, and will release his first album in five years, ‘Tell ‘Em I’m Gone,’ on Oct. 27. European and rare North American tour dates will follow in November and December.
Stevens, who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after rising to fame in the early ’70s, and now records as simply “Yusuf,” is also offering an advance peek into the new album with a cover of Edgar Winter‘s ‘Dying to Live,’ which premiered at Rolling Stone…
Stevens recorded the album in Los Angeles, Brussels, Dubai and London with a group of collaborators including Charlie Musselwhite and Richard Thompson, among others. Rick Rubin co-produced the project with Stevens; Paul Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds mixed the record. Stevens composed five originals to go with the five cover songs — including ‘Dying to Live’ and the blues standard ‘Big Boss Man’ — on the R&B-inflected album.
“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my 50-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take,” Stevens said in a statement announcing the album. “Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free.”
What’s on your mind tonite…?