According to The Pulse Of Radio, PEARL JAM frontman Eddie Vedder has officially announced that his new solo album, "Ukulele Songs", will arrive on May 31. The long-rumored solo venture will be accompanied by a live solo DVD titled "Water On The Road". The album features a number of songs that Vedder wrote and has been playing live at solo shows for a decade, along with a ukulele version of PEARL JAM's "Can't Keep" and a cover of the EVERLY BROTHERS' "Sleepless Nights" that features guest vocals from FRAMES frontman and "Once" star Glen Hansard.Another track, "Tonight You Belong To Me", features guest vocals from Chan Marshall, a.k.a. Cat Power.
The first single from the album, called "Longing To Belong", became available online on Monday (March 21). The DVD features Vedder performing PEARL JAM tracks, ukulele songs, covers, and cuts from his 2007 soundtrack to the movie "Into The Wild". It was filmed at two Washington D.C. solo shows on August 16 and August 17, 2008. Vedder is currently on the road in Australia and may tour again later this year. PEARL JAM is planning to begin work on its 10th studio album this spring, while March 29 will see reissues of its "Vs." and "Vitalogy" albums. The band also has a documentary and two-day festival of its own coming in early fall.