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Bassist Charlie Haden Returns to His Country Roots on New CD

Bassist Charlie Haden got his start performing traditional Americana songs on radio stations with his family in the late 1930s when he was just 2 years old-decades later, Haden’s career has come full circle.

Haden’s upcoming release, Ocean of Diamonds, includes traditional songs, ballads as well as original compositions of the Haden family in a folk-country style not unlike what he performed as a child.

Set to be released on Sept. 23 on Decca Records, the record features Haden’s frequent collaborator jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, as well as guest musicians and contributing artists Bela Fleck, Elvis Costello, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs, Roseanne Cash, Dan Tyminski, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush.

Haden’s four children-son Josh and triplet daughters Petra, Tanya and Rachel-sing lead and backup vocals on numerous tracks. Haden’s son-in-law, actor/musician Jack Black, also contributes to the family affair, singing lead vocals on the traditional “Old Joe Clark.”

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