Elvis Costello is to release a new album in September.
The album, a collaboration with The Roots, will be called Wise Up Ghost and will be released on September 16 on Blue Note Records.
We first reported on the album back in February, as a possible Record Store Day release.
According to an interview on NYU Local with Roots’ drummer Questlove, the collaboration grew out of Costello’s appearances on American chat show Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, where The Roots are the house band.
“After Elvis Costello’s third appearance,” he said, “we liked him so much we were like hey why don’t we make a record? Well what went from being one song to be released on Record Store Day became – why don’t we try four songs? Now we have a brilliant album. And, in the whole history of The Roots, I have never bragged on an album first, but I actually love this record.”
There are rumours that advanced white label copies of the album were in fact released on Record Store Day, though that has been neither confirmed nor denied by official sources.
Elvis and The Imposters begin their Revolver Spring UK tour tonight (May 31) at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.