Elizabeth Cook's next album -- 'Welder' -- features appearances by an all-star roster of guests including Dwight Yoakam, Rodney Crowell and Buddy Miller.

The May 11 release is the follow up to Elizabeth's 2007 critically acclaimed 'Balls.' The new album was produced by Don Was (Rolling Stones, Kris Kristofferson) and a eclectic group of players including Tim Carroll (Elizabeth's husband) on guitar, Marco Giovino (Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) on drums and Bones Hillman from Midnight Oil on bass.

Grand Ole Opry players Tim Atwood on keyboards and The Carol Lee Singers on background vocals round out the group.

The majority of songs on this album were written by Elizabeth and are described as her most personal to date. Indeed the titles 'Heroin Addict Sister' and 'Mama's Funeral' give glimpses into the singer-songwriter's recent past. 'El Camino' and 'Yes to Booty' -- called songs with 'hillbilly-tinged humor' -- add some laughs to the mix.

The album is also something of a family affair. The song 'I'm Beginning To Forget' was penned by Elizabeth's late mother, Joyce Cook, and 'Follow You Like Smoke' and 'Til Then' by her husband. Don Was brought her the song 'Not California,' from NYC indie folk band, Hem.

Elizabeth will play SXSW in Austin, Texas, on March 18 and then begin her tour on March 25 in Cleveland, Ohio, ending June 20 in Piermont, N.Y. She also hosts the radio show 'Apron Strings' on XM/Sirius' Outlaw Country station aired weekdays from 6-10 AM ET.

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