Randy Newman preps new album

Set for release in August

NEW YORK -- Randy Newman is set to release his first album of new material in nine years. "Harps and Angels," produced by Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker, arrives via Nonesuch on Aug. 5.

"A Few Words in Defense of My Country," a single released exclusively to iTunes last year, will be included in the track list.

Newman's 2003 hits collection, "The Randy Newman Songbook: Vol. 1," was the singer/songwriter's last release and first for Nonesuch. His last original set, "Bad Love," was released in 1999. His highest Billboard 200 charting album was 1978's "Little Criminals," which peaked at No. 9.

Newman, 64, has a handful of performances planned for the month of May, plus a concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic during the Fourth of July weekend at the Hollywood Bowl.

He's slated for a show at this year's New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 1 and another symphony-backed show in Denver on May 23. He will perform solo on Sunday in St. Louis and Monday and Tuesday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Here is the track list to "Harps and Angels":

"Harps and Angels"
"Losing You"
"Laugh and Be Happy"
"A Few Words in Defense of My Country"
"A Piece of the Pie"
"Easy Street"
"Korean Parents"
"Only a Girl"
"Feels Like Home"