Natalie Merchant has enlisted producer T Bone Burnett for her next album, Motherland, due out November 6.
Guests on the album include the Wallflowers and singer/songwriters Freedy Johnston, Gillian Welch and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, according to Elektra Records. Burnett’s production credits include the Wallflowers’ Bringing Down the Horse (1996) as well as last year’s “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” soundtrack, which featured Welch on one cut.
While the final track list is undetermined, song titles so far include “Try to Hurt You,” “Put the Law on You,” “Saint Judas” and “The House Is on Fire.”
The release marks Merchant’s first studio effort since 1998’s Ophelia, which included the hit “Kind & Generous.” Live in Concert (1999) featured several musicians who appear on Motherland, including guitarists Gabriel Gordon and Eric Della Penna, bassist Graham Maby and keyboardist Elizabeth Steen.