For the third album running, Ringo Starr is recording his new set at his L.A. home studio. The still-untitled collection will follow the pattern set from his two past albums, 2012's Ringo 2012, and 2010's Y Not. Ringo spoke to Billboard about the latest homespun effort, explaining, "I don't go to studios now. I've started a new record and it's all in the guest-house in L.A. I've made the last two in the guest-house. There are so many great musicians (in L.A.) and they come over for a cup of tea or whatever and we write or we play. I put a basic track down and then write to that. That's how I've done the last ones."
When asked if brother-in-law Joe Walsh will be contributing to the new crop of sessions, Ringo said that it was likely: "He's family and has been on all the records."
Ringo, who turns 73 next month, says that he has plans to carry on recording and performing as long as he can: "I've played with so many great players. I was in an incredible band. We've made great music and that's still around. I just want to keep playing really. That's the dream and it's unfolded up till now so I see no reason why it should stop."
When we last caught up with Ringo, he explained his current method of writing and recording: "Let me tell you, y'know, I go to the synth, and y'know, I do them all at home now. I play the synth and I find sort of rhythm pattern and some notes I like -- and thats what we put down first. And then -- just to make it completely crazy -- then I put the drums on top, thinking, 'Oh that sounds like a verse, that could be a chorus.' And just, y'know, making it up; but then we start putting everything else on."
There's been no title or release date announced for Ringo's upcoming album.
Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band kick off a 10-date South American and Mexican tour on October 29th in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Ringo and the All Starrs are set for two North American shows on November 22nd and 23rd at Las Vegas' The Palms Casino Resort.
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