Faces Great Ian McLagan Set to Release First New Studio Album in Five Years

Jim Chapin

Legendary keyboardist release may set back plans for a Faces reunion.

For those who longed to see a Faces reunion -- the legendary U.K. band that featured both Rod Stewart and Ron Wood -- they may have to wait.

The keyboardist in that group, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Ian McLagan, will release United States, his first new studio album in five years, June 17, on indie Yep Roc Records.

The album, McLagan's first since being inducted into the Hall of Fame as a founding member of the Faces, showcases his gift for crafting memorable hooks, with plenty of lusty grooves and reflective musings.

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Songs on the album include "Love Letter” and the smooth, moody take-charge anthem "Who Says It Ain't Love," while "Shalalala" draws from classic soul and "How Blue" sports a pumping boogie-woogie shuffle.

McLagan is slated to play the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia May 15 and NPR's Cabinet of Wonders in NYC May 17.

The ten songs on the album feature McLagan on vocals, keys and guitar, joined by his longtime collaborators the Bump Band ("Scrappy" Jud Newcomb, Jon Notarthomas and Conrad Choucroun), with Leigh Mahoney (David Byrne, the Tosca Strings) on violin for album closer "He's Not For You." McLagan recorded and produced the album at his own Doghouse Studios in Manor, Texas. The songs were mixed by longtime friend, award-winning producer Glyn Johns (The Faces, The Who) and mastered by Bob Ludwig (Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones).

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McLagan recorded his 2009 album Never Say Never after losing his wife Kim in a tragic car accident. CBS Sunday Morning called it a "knock-out" and Mojo described it as "Pub-rock's answer to Blood on the Tracks."

McLagan's musical career began in '60s UK as the keyboard player for the Small Faces and then the Faces. He has performed and recorded with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Bragg, among others. McLagan relocated to Austin, Texas, in 1994 and has been a key player in the thriving music scene there for two decades. The Faces reunited (without Rod Stewart) for a charity performance at Royal Albert Hall in 2009 and performed select dates over the next three years, including their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012.

United States track list:

1. All I Wanna Do
2. Pure Gold
3. Don't Say Nothing
4. I'm Your Baby Now
5. Mean Old World
6. Love Letter
7. Who Says It Ain't Love
8. Shalalala
9. How Blue
10. He's Not for You