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Bruce Springsteen back with ‘Western Stars’ TODAY

TAMPA, FL – FEBRUARY 01: Musician Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform at the Bridgestone halftime show during Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Steelers on February 1, 2009 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The long wait is over: Bruce Springsteen‘s Western Stars is out today (June 14th) marking “The Boss'” first new studio set in five years. According to the announcement for the album, Springsteen “takes his music to a new place, drawing inspiration in part from the Southern California pop records of the late-’60s and early-’70s. The album was recorded primarily at Springsteen’s home studio in New Jersey, with additional recording in California and New York.” At midnight, Springsteen released the video for the album’s title track online.

Springsteen said of the album, “This record is a return to my solo recordings featuring character driven songs and sweeping, cinematic orchestral arrangements. It’s a jewel box of a record.”

Western Stars was produced by Ron Aniello with Springsteen providing guitar, bass, and keyboards, among other instruments. Patti Scialfa also appears and contributed vocal arrangements on four tracks, along with original E Street Band keyboardist David Sancious and current touring members Charlie Giordano, and Soozie Tyrell, among many other musicians.

The tracklisting to Western Stars is:

“Hitch Hikin'”
“The Wayfarer”
“Tucson Train”
“Western Stars”
“Sleepy Joe’s Cafe”
“Drive Fast (The Stuntman)”
“Chasin’ Wild Horses”
“Somewhere North Of Nashville”
“There Goes My Miracle”
“Hello Sunshine”
“Moonlight Motel”