Ringo Starr Collaborates With Famed Country Tunesmiths
Former Beatle Ringo Starr's upcoming solo album, 'Y Not,' will feature two of Nashville's most prolific songwriters -- Gary Burr and Gary Nicholson. The three have developed a friendship over the years, as both Garys have played with Ringo on previous albums, as part of the famed drummer's current band, the Roundheads.
"Getting to work with your musical heroes is always a thrill, and I was excited to write with Ringo for his upcoming record," says Nicholson, a 2006 nominee for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and recipient of 26 ASCAP awards. The song he wrote with Ringo and yet another Gary -- Gary Wright (who is part of Ringo's All Starr Band) -- is 'Peace Dream,' which also features Beatle comrade Paul McCartney on bass guitar.
"For our song, Gary (Wright) and I went to Ringo's house in Beverley Hills and wrote to a track that he had built with help from Joe Walsh," Nicholson recalls. Joe, of course, plays guitar for the Eagles, and is also married to Ringo's wife's sister.
"When (my wife) Barbara and I were in LA for an event, Ringo invited us over to hear it, and we took our son Travis with us and got to spend the afternoon with Ringo," Nicholson remembers. "He played us the entire new record and gave us a great tour of his place. Really a wonderful experience."
Nicholson boasts co-writes on a laundry list of some of the biggest hits in country music, including Vince Gill's 'One More Last Chance,' Patty Loveless' 'The Trouble With the Truth' and Montgomery Gentry's 'She Couldn't Change Me.'
Gary Burr's musical roots also go deep with Ringo, having performed with him and also collaborated with him on the 2003 album, 'Ringorama.' Since the late '80s, Burr has become one of Nashville's most sought-after writers, being named Songwriter of the Year on three separate occasions by three separate organizations: Billboard, ASCAP and the Nashville Songwriter's Association International. Some of his most famous co-writes include Juice Newton's 'Love's Been a Little Bit Hard on Me,' Lorrie Morgan's 'Watch Me' and Wynonna's 'To Be Loved By You,' just to name a few.
Ringo Starr's new album, 'Y Not,' hits stores in January.