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Elvis Costello returns to roots

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – A country/rootsy disc from Elvis Costello, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane," drops June 2 on Heart Music. The disc features 10 tracks produced by T Bone Burnett plus re-workings of Johnny Cash's Hidden Shame and Boom Chicka Boom and Bing Crosby's Changing Partners.

The record was produced by Burnett and recorded by Mike Piersante during a three-day session at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studio.

Joining Costello were Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion) and Dennis Crouch (double bass).

Sulphur to Sugarcane and The Crooked Line, were co-written with Burnett while, I Felt The Chill marks Costello's second recorded songwriting collaboration with Loretta Lynn. The Cash songs were done string band style.

These are first Costello compositions to be predominantly rooted in acoustic music since his 1986 album, "King Of America," also produced by Burnett. He also produced the 1989 album, "Spike." Burnett played his Kay electric guitar on several songs, the only amplified instrument on the recording.

Jim Lauderdale does vocal harmony part throughout the record, and Emmylou Harris contributed a third vocal part on the chorus of The Crooked Line on the final day of recording.

Select U.S. tour dates featuring musicians from the album - The Sugarcanes - will follow in June and August.

The song list is:
1. Down Among the Wine and Spirits
2. Complicated Shadows
3. I Felt the Chill
4. My All Time Doll
5. Hidden Shame
6. She Handed Me a Mirror
7. I Dreamed of My Old Lover
8. How Deep is the Red
9. She Was No Good
10. Sulfur to Sugarcane
11. Red Cotton
12. The Crooked Line
13. Changing Partners

Due to the division of the music over four sides, the vinyl edition will contain two additional tracks, an arrangement of Lou Reed's Femme Fatale and Costello's sequel to the old Appalachian murder ballad, Omie Wise, entitled What Lewis Did Last.

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