The CD, Here & Now, was produced by Fountains Of Wayne leader Adam Schlesinger and former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha and features guest performances by Ryan Adams, and members of Nada Surf and My Morning Jacket.
The idea started after America bass player Gerry Beckley and Schlesinger started e-mailing each other tracks of their favorite new bands.
At first, Beckley feared the album would turn into a duets thing instead of a contemporary album.
He neednt have worried.
Thats because Schlesinger and Iha insisted Beckley play bass on most of the records because I played on all the original America tracks.
Even better: Beckley is happy that none of the guest musicians needed any arm twisting to appear.
Here & Now hits stores January 16.
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