Social Distortion frontman Mike Ness has a lot to be thankful for -- including the famous names who contributed to his solo debut.The rockabilly- and blues-influenced "Cheating at Solitaire" is a labor of love for Ness who, despite his punk-rock past, cites American roots artists such as Johnny Cash and Hank Williams as key influences. As we previously reported (see "Mike Ness Solo CD To Feature Setzer, Springsteen and Royal Crown Rhythm"), Bruce Springsteen appears on the track "Misery Loves Company." Ness also recruited Brian Setzer, the Royal Crown Revue rhythm section, and X guitarist Billy Zoom as guests. It's a dream roster of musicians for this tattooed veteran of L.A.'s hardcore punk scene. "It was just very flattering for me to have these people want to be on my record without having to give them a bunch of money," Ness told MTV News. "That
they genuinely wanted to be a part of this, that's pretty neat... who knew?" [28.8 RealVideo]Ness, who appeared last month at South by Southwest with the Reverend Horton Heat as his surprise backing band, kicks off the first leg of his solo tour on April 24 in Bakersfield, California (see "Mike Ness Plays 'Solitaire,' Discusses Future Of Social Distortion"). "Cheating at Solitaire" will be in stores Tuesday.