A little more than four months after issuing his first solo album, "Cheating at Solitaire," Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness has returned to the studio to cut a new record that he hopes to have out before the end of the year.Ness has convened in a Los Angeles studio with producer James Saez (who also co-manned the boards for "Solitaire") and his current touring band, featuring guitarists Chris Lawrence and Sean Greaves, bassist Brent Harding, and drummer Charlie Quintana, to record an LP of covers, titled "Under the Influences." Songs already laid down during the sessions include "Lost Highway" by Hank Williams, "Once a Day" by George Jones, "Wildwood Flower" by the Carter Family, and "My Brand of Blues" by Cherokee singer-songwriter Marvin Rainwater. Ness, who had incorporated many of the covers into his live set during his recently-completed summer tour, also plans to record versions of songs by Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Buck Owens for the album.
"Before I ever heard Johnny Thunders or the Sex Pistols, I was listening to Hank Williams," Ness said in a statement announcing the studio sessions. "By really living these songs, I get to act out influences that have always figured in the lining of my songs."Ness' "Under the Influences" is due out on November 9 and is scheduled to be followed by another U.S. tour.