Pixies guitarist/vocalist Frank Black is eyeing an early 2006 release for his second consecutive solo album that has been recorded in Nashville with top session musicians. The artist tells Billboard.com he has about 25 songs to choose from for the upcoming Back Porch/EMI set, which will be the follow-up to this summer's "Honeycomb," which debuted at No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
"It will either be a lean and mean record with 11 songs on it, or a self-indulgent opus with everything," he says with a laugh. Although the provisional name for the album was "La Sicilian," Black says, "That probably won't be the title."
Black recently completed a second round of recording with such artists as Steve Cropper, Spooner Oldham, David Hood, the Band's Levon Helm, Al Kooper, Buddy Miller and Rich Gilbert, a member of his solo band the Catholics. He also recorded duets on the country oldie "Dirty Old Town" with Marty Brown and Cowboy Jack Clement on the original "Golden Shore," the latter of which he describes as "very James Taylor-ish."
Black has even revived an outtake from "Honeycomb," an old traditional song called "Been All Around the World." The artist says, "Dylan and the Dead have done it. I sort of updated the lyrics and that one is also James Taylor-ish."
Every time I think I've got Frank Black figured out (as far as being Advanced), he throws another curve. One minute he's protecting the legacy of the Pixies, the next he'd doing Dylan and the Dead by way of James Taylor. Could he be among the super-Advanced (so Advanced that you can't even tell he's Advanced)? I'd like to know, but I guess I wouldn't like to know, too.