Former Star Trek actor William Shatner is preparing to release a new album of country and rock tracks.

The Canadian-born screen star has just finished months of recording his untitled release in Nashville, Tennessee, which he hopes to unleash on fans in the summer (04).

He says of the album, "It's sort of eclectic. I wrote material based on my life and worked with Ben Folds, who produced and wrote the music.

"What he's done is so extraordinary - from Joe Jackson and I doing rock and roll to Henry Rollins and I screaming at each other."

26/02/2004 09:15