Dolly Parton Guests on Yusef Album
Dolly Parton is among an eclectic list of musicians guesting on the upcoming album from Yusef, the iconic singer-songwriter formerly known as Cat Stevens. Parton sings with Yusef and Paul McCartney on the project's first single, 'Boots and Sand,' with a video shot by Bob Dylan's son, Jesse Dylan.
'Boots and Sand' was inspired by a real-life incident that happened to Yusef in 2004. He was denied entry into the U.S., apparently because he was mistakenly identified as one of the names on the post-9/11 no-fly terrorist list.
"It's a slight oddity of a song," Yusuf tells Billboard. "The image I had was kind of a cowboy B-movie made in Italy, but the story came from real events, real people."
Yusef's yet-to-be-titled CD is a followup to 2006's 'An Other Cup,' his first secular album in 28 years. He says the new project is a throwback to the kind of music that originally put him on the map.
"This one was really a result of me writing a lot of songs and being kind of inspired again," he explains. "After I recorded ('Cup') people just wanted to hear me do a lot of simple stuff, just with the guitar."
Yusef's new album is due in late spring.