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Beatles legend Ringo Starr has revealed that he is working on a country album along with T Bone Burnett.

“It’s a country one. I’m working on it with someone very special – T. Bone Burnett,” Starr told USA Today. “He’s doing stuff in Nashville and he comes to L.A. and it’s all working out. He came to me with nine songs. It won’t be out until October, at least.”

Meanwhile, Starr is set to embark on a tour with his All Starr Band, which kicks off on May 22 in Las Vegas.

“When I first started this, I was invited to put a band together and go on tour, and I said yes, and then I said: What do you mean, yes? You’re the drummer in other people’s bands!” he shares about how the tour got started in 1989. “But I opened my phone book and called everyone I knew and they all said yes. So I had to close my book.”

The lineup features long-time collaborator Steve Lukather, who’s been Starr’s longest-serving solo bandmate. Lukather has been featured on every All-Starr Band lineup date since 2012.

“I’ll never get rid of Luke. He has a lifelong ticket,” Starr says. “He’s my last best friend. You need time to make best friends. He’s an incredibly good musician and an incredible human being.”

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