The Stones guitarist is also on Instagram and Twitter – who’d a thunk it?
CROSSEYED HEART is the name and Sept. 18 is the game: a fifteen track solo album from Keith Richards… you may have heard of that little rock band he’s in. This will be just his third solo effort and his first in over 20 years.
The first taste of CROSSEYED HEART will be unveiled on July 17th with the first single, “Trouble,” a “taut guitar based slice of heaven” featuring Richards on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, lead and backup vocals. He is supported by old friends, drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Bernard Fowler on backup vocals. The song was written by and produced by Keith and Steve Jordan.
Notes Richards, “I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again. There’s nothing like walking into a studio and having absolutely no idea what you’re going to come out with on the other end. If you’re looking for ‘Trouble,’ you’ve come to the right place.”
He wrote or co-wrote the majority of the tracks on CROSSEYED HEART, many with co-producer Steve Jordan. Highlights include the country tinged “Robbed Blind”, the reggae flavored “Love Overdue,” and the aptly named “Blues In The Morning.” Richards collaborates with several artists including a captivating duet with Norah Jones on the soulful ballad “Illusion” which she co-wrote.
Keith Richards, who plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass, piano and vocals on the album, is also joined by keyboardist Ivan Neville and background singer Sarah Dash, part of the X-Pensive Winos, who accompanied Richards on his previous solo records.
Jordan plays drums and vocals and other artists accompany Richards’ on individual tracks, including Stax songwriter and keyboardist Spooner Oldham on “Lovers Plea,” pedal steel by Larry Campbell on “Robbed Blind,” Aaron Neville on backup vocals on “Nothing On Me,” and late friend Bobby Keys on saxophone on “Amnesia” and “Blues In The Morning.”
Keith has released two other solo studio albums, Talk Is Cheap in 1988 and Main Offender in 1992 as well as a live album entitled, Live at the Hollywood Palladium, December 15, 1988.