Ben Folds is getting the old band back together!
Folds was in Los Angeles yesterday at the Television Critics Association press tour to promote the upcoming season of "The Sing-Off." We caught up with him at the NBC All Star party at the Bazaar at the SLS Hotel and he told us: "I'm going to record a record with Ben Folds Five in December."
Folds says he plans to hit the studio with Robert Sledge and Darren Jessee after he completes production work on fellow "Sing-Off" judge Sara Bareilles' upcoming EP in September. (Folds and Bareilles were hanging together at the party and fellow "Sing-Off" judge Shawn Stockman was also making the rounds).
It will be the first full-length studio album from the trio since 1999's "The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner." It won't, however, be the first time the group has reconvened in the studio. Folds is releasing a career retrospective October 11 and it will include three new recordings with his BFF bandmates, including a take on "Stumblin' Home Winter Blues," originally recorded by Jessee's post-BFF project Hotel Lights. "I always loved that song and wanted to do it with Robert and Darren so we did it live," said Folds.
As far as any potential touring goes, Folds said "I don't know, one step at a time."
Tour or no tour, this is good news indeed.
Folds said he also still has plans to work on a musical with recent collaborator, novelist Nick Hornby, but finding time in their busy schedules is proving a challenge.
"The Sing-Off" returns to NBC on Sept. 19.
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