Ringo says that after receiving an unexpectedly good offer for a new All Starr Band tour, he decided to scrap the Nashville plan.
“Dave Stewart and I were going to go down to Nashville and do a country album there,” Starr told writer David Wild in a promotional interview for the album. “So we thought we should write a few country songs for when we get there. The first one we wrote here in the house was called ‘So Wrong for So Long.’ Then I got offered another tour with the All Starr Band, and it was an offer I couldn’t resist. That’s how I ended up making another album at home (in Los Angeles) and writing all kinds of songs with all kinds of friends – everybody giving more love, and just letting the music flow.”
Among the notable musicians who contributed to “So Wrong for So Long” were Stewart and acclaimed session players like bassist Nathan East, pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leisz and keyboardist Jim Cox.
Ringo said: “I just thought, ‘That’s a great line,'” he recalls, “and finally turned it into a record, into a track.”
Bruce Sugar, Ringo’s recording engineer, meanwhile, thinks the song could possibly get some country radio play, though he notes, “It’s a little more traditional than what they’re doing now on the radio.”
Give More Love will be released on September 15. As previously reported, it also features appearances by Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Edgar Winter, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit, Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Richard Marx and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench.