With his highly anticipated gigs with ex-bandmate Eric Clapton looming this week in New York, Steve Winwood has signed a new deal with Columbia Records. His label debut, “Nine Lives,” will arrive April 29.
Clapton, who played briefly with Winwood in Blind Faith in the late 1960s, contributes guitar on first single “Dirty City,” which hits U.S. radio outlets today (Feb. 25). Fans can stream the track from Winwood’s Web site or buy it from iTunes.
The nine-track set is Winwood’s first studio album since 2003’s “About Time,” which he release on his own Wincraft label.
Winwood and Clapton reunited last July at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago, leading to the three-show Garden run tonight, tomorrow and Thursday. The duo will be backed by bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Ian Thomas and keyboardist Chris Stainton.
This summer, Winwood will be back on the road in the U.S. as the support act for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Here is the track list for “Nine Lives”:
“I’m Not Drowning”
“We’re All Looking”
“At Times We Do Forget”