Last summer in an interview with AXS, Ringo Starr revealed that he was working on country material and possibly a whole album of country songs that would be recorded in Nashville. While a pure country album turned into a more conventional Ringo record--put to tape at his home studio with a little help from his friends--some of the country material Ringo and writing partner Dave Stewart worked on made the final cut for Give More Love. In fact, the lead single, “So Wrong For So Long” is one of those country songs. On Thursday (Aug. 17), Ringo premiered the song via Billboard. You can listen to it above.
“So Wrong For So Long” features a classic country sound complete with pedal steel guitar and lyrics about love found and love lost. As Billboard pointed out, Ringo often inspired the names of Beatles songs (“A Hard Day’s Night,” “Eight Days a Week”) with his witty expressions or Ringoisms if you will. But in an interview with Billboard, Ringo revealed that “So Wrong For So Long” was a something someone said to him. “Somebody said that to me in 2008,” Ringo remembered. “And I just thought, 'that’s a great line,' and finally turned it into a record, into a track.”
Give More Love comes out Sept. 15. Ringo will be touring in support of the album this fall with his legendary All-Starr Band. Click here to browse AXS for tickets to select Ringo Starr dates.