NEW YORK (AP) – New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen, who started his Broadway run, was looking for inspiration for his new album, which he plans to release on June 14th.
The 13-song CD is his first new studio album 5 years. Springsteen said the album titled "Western Stars" on Thursday draws some inspiration from the Southern California pop records of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He releases a song and video titled "Hello Sunshine" on Thursday after midnight. Springsteen completed a Broadway run with 236 shows last December.
Springsteen recorded him mainly at home in New Jersey, with additional work in California and New York. Ron Aniello produced and plays on the album, which also includes contributions by Springsteen's wife Patti Scialfa, Jon Brion, David Sancious, Charlie Giordano and Soozie Tyrell.
"This record is a return to my solo recordings of character-driven songs and cinematic orchestra arrangements," he said. "It's a jewel box of a plate."
Song titles include Hitch Hikin, Sleepy Joe's Cafe, Chasin Wild Horses, and There Goes My Miracle.