This past May, Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy announced that his debut solo album was in the works, and he hasn’t stopped since then. Tweedy has released the album’s title Sukierae (pronouced sue-key-ray) along with it’s first streaming track “I’ll Sing It.”
Sukierae, which will officially be released Sept. 16 on Tweedy’s label dBpm, features 20 new songs, written and performed by Tweedy and his son Spencer, the heart of the project. “When I set out to make this record, I imagined it being a solo thing, but not in the sense of one guy strumming an acoustic guitar and singing,” Tweedy said. “Solo to me meant that I would do everything – write the songs, play all the instruments and sing. But Spencer’s been with me from the very beginning demo sessions, playing drums and helping the songs take shape. In that sense, the record is kind of like a solo album performed by a duo.”
On their upcoming tour, which kicks off June 5, the duo will be joined by a new backing band including Darin Grey, Jim Elkington and Liam Cunningham.
Stream Tweedy’s new track below. It gives us the vocals we love and 18-year-old Spencer on drums as well as backing vocals by Lucius’ Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessing.
In addition to everything surrounding Tweedy right now, the new gang will tape an episode of PBS’ Austin City Limits in August. You can also catch him on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on July 24. With Wilco’s last studio album being 2011’s The Whole Love, we’re ready for Tweedy’s solo debut.