Randy Quaid is in a Vancouver studio recording two songs he debuted live earlier this month. Star Whackers and the ballad Will We Be Together Then are expected to be released digitally by Maximum Music/EMI, likely in late April.
Maximum Music Group president Brian Watson said he made the proposal after hearing Quaid and his band The Fugitives perform the songs at The Commodore Ballroom.
"I myself was standing there with a little bit of nervousness about what I was going to see and how the crowd was going to react to it," Watson told The Globe and Mail. "And they surprised even me by coming out with this ballad and doing this Johnny Cashesque Americana lover's lament. It floored me.
"I think being in the music industry what I recognized was that the entire room was silent. ... It's not often that an artist who's basically unproven can hold a room full of 1,000 people dead quiet. And I just leaned over to my wife and said, 'People have to hear this.'"
The next week, Watson proposed the idea to the Quaids, and they agreed.
"We got them in the studio within about two days and now they're going to be mixing and mastering."
They're planning to return to the studio to record an EP.
Randy and his wife Evi Quaid, who co-wrote the lyrics, have been in Vancouver since October, seeking asylum from what they said were "star whackers" targeting Hollywood celebrities.
Evi Quaid, whose father was Canadian, has been granted citizenship and is sponsoring her husband.