Heart's Nancy Wilson will release her debut solo set on May 7th, titled You And Me. GratefulWeb.com posted the album was recorded at the guitarist's home studio in California with guests contributing remotely. In addition to new original tunes, Wilson teams up with Sammy Hagar for a new take on Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Boxer,” along with covers Pearl Jam's “Daughter,” Bruce Springsteen's “The Rising,” and the Cranberries' “Dreams” — featuring Liv Warfield best known from her work with Prince's New Power Generation.
Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins are featured on the album's rocker “Party At The Angel Ballroom,” with Wilson paying tribute to Eddie Van Halen on the new original, titled, “4 Edward.”
Wilson said in a statement announcing You And Me:
“Being off the road last year from touring with Heart, and at home with my good guitars and amps out. I felt like I was once again able to reconnect with my pre-Heart self, my college-girl self, creating poetic, intimate and romantic songs, which pretty much is what I first brought in to Heart. . . I don’t know why it took me so long to do this. Maybe I was stuck in traffic, maybe I was stuck in the Heart vortex of it all.”
Nancy Wilson told us that she's gone to great pains to avoid the pitfalls of recording music in an unnatural, virtual “Pro-Tools”-type environment: “I think that the technology has re-programmed a lot of our expectations. And because of the quote-unquote 'convenience' of it, 'Hey, you don't have to travel anywhere to sit in the same room, you can just MP3 the demo, and work — y'know, put a vocal in another town and send it around, and tune it up, and it'll all come out in the wash.' Y'know, somebody will make a decision and decide which loop to copy and paste, and then you have a product that sounds like, 'Well, who did that? Who is that? Who is the singer? Who is that pitch-corrected singer?'”