Former Pixie frontman Frank Black is back on the music scene with his album 'Honeycomb', due out July 18th. The album is his latest solo effort since 1996 and was recorded over a four-day stint in a Nashville, Tennessee studio owned by Dann Penn.
Joining Black on the album are a myriad of performers including: Steve Cropper, Buddy Miller, Reggie Young, Chester Thompson, Anton Fig, Billy Block, Akil Thompson, David Hood, Spooner Oldham, among others. The record claims to be "Americana-flavored" while incorporating a Southern soul feeling that many of the featured artists brought along from past experiences. Said Black: 'This was the only time that I have ever been in a studio and had the strange feeling that I was witnessing something spiritual. When we were recording, those guys didn't even look at each other, they closed their eyes and they meant it. I have never recorded with people who meant what they played so much.'
Black wrote all but three of the fourteen songs on the album. The exceptions include covers of 'Dark End of the Street' (Dann Penn and Chips Morgan), 'Song of the Shrimp' (Roy Bennett and Sid Tepper), and 'Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day' (Doug Sahm).
Apart from his solo ventures, Black will be re-joining with The Pixies for the Reading/Leeds Festivals in late August. For more info on those appearances, click here.