Where do you begin when talking about Rita Wilson? Sure, you can mention her starring as Roxie Hart in “Chicago” on Broadway, or you can talk about her producer’s credit for the film musical “Mamma Mia!” Or you can dive into her personal life as Mrs. Tom Hanks.

But we’re here to talk about music and Wilson’s debut solo album, AM/FM drops May 8 on Decca Records. The “AM” side contains songs Wilson remembers singing along to on AM radio while riding in the backseat of her parents’ car during 1960s and ’70s, such as “All I Have To Do Is Dream,” “Never My Love” and “Cherish.”

For the “FM” side, Wilson turned to her favorite songs from the early 1970s, selecting numbers such as “Please Come To Boston,” “Love Has No Pride” and “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues.”

As with many multi-talented people taking their first solo record plunge, Wilson had some help with AM/FM in the form of guest appearances.  Chris Cornell, Sheryl Crow, Jimmy Webb, Jackson Brown, Faith Hill, Vince Gill and Patti Scialfa (the Springsteen and Hanks families are close friends) appear on AM/FM. Fred Mollin produced the effort and Jay Landers served as executive producer.

Now it’s touring time. In support of AM/FM, Wilson will play five shows in Southern California and one gig in New York City. Here’s the plan:

April 29 – Hermosa Beach, Saint Rockr
May 1 – San Diego, Anthology
May 2 – San Juan Capistrano, The Coach House
May 4 – W. Hollywood, Calif., Troubadour
May 10 – New York City, Joe’s Pub
June 9 – Los Angeles, Calif., Geffen Playhouse

Some shows are already on sale. Visit RitaWilson.com for more information.