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Published: 2009/11/19

Paul McCartney, Ben Harper Among Guests on New Ringo Release

Ringo Starr has recruited a number of guests for his next studio album, Y Not. The album, the drummer’s first self-produced release, will be available on January 12 via Hip-O Records/UMe. Paul McCartney sings on the album’s first single, the Starr and Van Dyke Parks collaboration “Walk With You,” and plays bass on “Peace Dream.”

Other guest musicians include: Starr’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh, the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Mike Bradford, Don Was and members of the Roundheads. Guest vocalists range from Joss Stone and Ben Harper to Richard Marx. Violinist Ann Marie Calhoun, known for her Phish covers and Widespread Panic sit ins, also plays on the album. Harper recently shared the stage with Starr at the David Lynch Foundation’s “Change Begins Within” concert at Radio City Music Hall.

“I just played it for my son Zak,” Starr said in a statement. “And Zak was so great. He said, “Dad, it’s great. This rocks! You should have been doing this forever. It’s nice coming from your boy, especially since he’s a really good drummer.”

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