UMeA new track from Ringo Starr‘s forthcoming solo album Give More Love — a twangy, country-flavored tune titled “So Wrong for So Long” — has been given an exclusive premiere at Billboard.com.

Starr revealed in a promo video for Give More Love that the song, co-written with Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart, was the first tune penned for the project, which he originally had intended to be a full-fledged country album recorded in Nashville.

But Starr says that after receiving an unexpectedly good offer for a new All Starr Band tour, he decided to scrap the Nashville plan.

“It was an offer I couldn’t resist,” he admitted. “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 tells Billboard that the song was inspired by a phrase someone said to him in 2008.

“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, tells Billboard he 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.

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