Patti Smith has reunited with old friend Sam Shepard, with whom she co-wrote and performed the 1971 play ‘Cowboy Mouth’, to cover a bunch of “old tunes” for Patti’s long-awaited eleventh studio album. The tracks include songs written by Charlie Poole, Ivory Joe Hunter and Richard ‘Rabbit’ Brown.
Smith has previously revealed that the as yet untitled record was inspired by Saint Francis of Assisi, the home of Dylan Thomas, and Mikhail Bulgakov’s 1967 novel The Master & Margarita. Long-time friend Tom Verlaine of Television has also been in NYC’s Electric Lady Studios with Patti, laying down some of his distinctive guitar work.
As work continues on a big-screen adaptation of Patti’s wonderful memoir Just Kids, Patti has been busy penning more poignant, beautiful words. This week, The New Yorker ran a short piece from Smith in which she retold the true-life story of how she obtained her first encyclopaedia aged ten. Read it here.
If you haven’t checked out Patti’s latest compilation, Outside Society, yet, read our review here.