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Elvis Costello readies acoustic disc

Monday, March 23, 2009 – Elvis Costello is going back to roots, releasing an acoustic album in June recorded in Nashville with T Bone Burnett, according to Billboard.

"Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" swill be out June 2on Hear Music, part of Concord Records. In 1986, Costello released a country disc, "King of America," also produced by Burnett.

"Sugarcane" was recorded over three days at Nashville's Sound Emporium Studio. Costello played with country and bluegrass aces Jerry Douglas (Dobro), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Mike Compton (mandolin), Jeff Taylor (accordion) and Dennis Crouch (double bass). Emmylou Harris sang on one song, and Burnett played Kay electric guitar sound on several tracks, the only electric instrumentation.

Costello wrote 10 songs, including 2 with Burnett. I Felt The Chill was penned by Costello and Loretta Lynn. Two songs - Hidden Same and Boom Chicka Boom - were first composed by Costello for Johnny Cash.

The music also will be out in vinyl with two extra songs - an acoustic a arrangement of Lou Reed's Femme Fatale and Costello's sequel to an Appalachian murder ballad What Lewis Did Last.

Plans call for Costello to tour with The Sugarcanes, musicians who played on the album, in June and August.

Songs on the CD are:
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

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