Ringo Starr has given his brother-in-law some work, allowing him to play guitar on his next album. Mind you, his brother-in-law is Joe Walsh from the Eagles.Obviously the Walsh marriage was the celebrity wedding no-one seemed to notice. Ringo and Joe became related last December when Marjorie Bach, the sister of Ringo’s wife Barbara Bach married in Los Angeles. It was Joe’s 4th marriage.
While that news seemed to slip by just about everybody in the media, including us, Ringo casually mentioned it in a press release this week announcing his new album.
In media release stated the cast of the album ‘Y Not’ is a “groovy and deeply felt song cycle that finds Ringo leading a smaller core group of old and new friends including longtime pal and recent brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart and longtime Roundheads member Steve Dudas on guitar, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on keyboards, Don Was and Mike Bradford on bass. The album also features Starr’s engineer and co-producer Bruce Sugar on keyboards, as well as some special guests like Joss Stone, Ben Harper and Richard Marx on vocals, Ann Marie Calhoun on violin and Tina Sugandh ? aka Tina The Tabla Girl - on tabla and chanting. Starr’s songwriting collaborators on Y Not also include familiar and new names like Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart. Joss Stone, Glen Ballard, Richard Marx, Van Dyke Parks, Gary Nicholson plus Gary Wright and his former Roundhead band member, Gary Burr”.
Walsh and Starr wrote, played and sing the opening track ‘Fill In The Blanks”.
‘Y Not’ will be released on Hip-O Records though Universal in January.