NASHVILLE — Elvis Costello is touring to support his latest Columbia LP, Almost Blue, which is a collection of country material recently recorded by Costello with producer Billy Sherrill in Nashville.
With the album's first single, "A Good Year For The Roses," now shipping, Costello and his group, the Attractions, will be embarking on a limited five-city concert tour, covering London, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville and Paris. Each of these engagements will consist of two segments, one country and one rock. Guitarist John McFee of the Doobie Brothers will appear as special guest for the country sets, along with the Nashville Edition on backup vocals.
Among the material contained on Almost Blue are Merle Haggard's "Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down," "Gram Parsons' "How Much I Lied," and Hank Williams' "Why Don't You Love Me Like You Used To Do."