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Ian Hunter enjoying songwriting surge

NEW YORK, May 15 (UPI) -- Expatriate British rocker Ian Hunter experienced a prolific spate of songwriting for his latest album.

"I've never had a run like this," says the former Mott the Hoople front man, who's just released "Shrunken Heads," his first set of new material since "Rant" in 2001. "It's usually pretty Spartan for me but it's been great over the last 18 months.

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"I'm very thankful. I shouldn't even talk about it. Usually when you talk about it, it clams up again."

Hunter co-produced "Shrunken Heads" with his longtime guitar player Andy York, who's also part of John Mellencamp's band. Guests on the album include Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Bruce Springsteen violinist Soozie Tyrell.

Hunter will tour North America in June to support the album.

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