Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie play around in the recording studio while working on their upcoming duet album.

Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie play around in the recording studio while working on their upcoming duet album. 

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Members of 70s rock band Fleetwood Mac have been hard at work recording new music throughout the past few months. When the album comes out in May as it is projected to, it will not be released under the ‘Fleetwood Mac’ banner. The project will be named around its two main contributors, currently going by the working title, 'Buckingham McVie.'

The two longtime Fleetwood bandmates, guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham and pianist/singer Christine McVie, will indeed be releasing their own album together as a duet project for the first time. Technically, it will be a Fleetwood Mac album, with other members Mick Fleetwood and John McVie appearing on the album as session musicians, but will not count as the band’s first studio album since 2003’s Say You Will.

Stevie Nicks has not be a part of this new album, as she’s been touring and working on solo projects since the band’s full lineup reunion tour ended in 2014. Nicks spent much of last year touring around her 2014 solo LP, 24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault.  

The process of this new project reportedly started when Christine McVie began sending demo ideas to Buckingham, who in turn worked on really helping the songs come alive. The two are now working away on those ideas in a Los Angeles recording studio in hopes of finishing the songs for the album’s projected May release.

"We got in here, and it made sense to me with what she had given me and what I done with it. But we still didn't know how it was going to play out in the studio,” Buckingham said about the early stages of this album in a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“I suppose I wondered if I believed in myself,” McVie added about reconnecting creatively with herself and recording with the band again for the first time since joining back up with them in 2014. “But I was like, 'Go for it, Chris. Go for it.' And, you know, a better thing's never happened to me. I've reconnected with the band and found a fantastic person to write with - we've always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we've done between us.”

With Nicks busy performing around the world, Buckingham didn’t need to look too hard for a replacement to record a new album, especially when he’s got an equally talented female musical muse in McVie.

“All these years we've had this rapport, but we'd never really thought about doing a duet album before. There is that album that I did with Stevie back before we joined the band, but other than that, it's all been Fleetwood Mac or solo.”