Social Distortion's Mike Ness is set to make his live solo debut at the South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas, in March -- and then plans to issue a new solo album, "Cheating At Solitaire," on Time Bomb Records April 13. Ness' solo CD will feature old pal Bruce Springsteen on a track called "Misery Loves Company," an appearance from Brian Setzer on another track, and performances by the Royal Crown Revue's rhythm section throughout the record.
Although Ness is most decidedly a punk rocker, the new record will show a side of the singer that's heavily influenced by vintage rock and roots music, which makes the participation of Springsteen and Setzer more logical. It also explains the need for his temporary departure from Social D. And his departure from the group is temporary, as Ness has made it clear that while he's currently putting his full efforts into the solo project, he's only taking a short break from Social Distortion -- and has no intention of breaking up the band.
Ness intends to tour throughout the summer and fall, but according to a label rep, no musicians are confirmed as yet for his back-up band. A source says it's doubtful he'll be playing with any of his Social D. bandmates.