In an interview last month, Keith Richards hinted that he was ready to return to the studio. He meant with the Rolling Stones, though we didn’t know he was already in the thick of planning his first solo effort in two decades.
Today (June 9), the Stones guitarist announced Crosseyed Heart, his first solo album since 1992’s Main Offender. It’s due out Sept. 18 on Republic Records.
Richards provided vocals, guitar (electric and acoustic), piano, and bass for the new record. He co-wrote the majority of Crosseyed Heart’s songs with co-producer Steve Jordan. It also includes a duet with Norah Jones called “Illusion,” which she co-wrote. Rounding out the collaborators are guitarist Waddy Wachtel, keyboardist-vocalist Ivan Neville, background singer Sarah Dash, keyboardist Spooner Oldham, steel guitarist Larry Campbell, and saxophonist Bobby Keys.
“I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again,” Richards said via press release. “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.”
“Trouble” happens to be the name of the lead single, which is due to drop July 17.
Prior to 1992’s Main Offender, Richards released one other solo studio LP (1988’s Talk Is Cheap) and a live solo album.
The Stones are currently in the final stages of the Zip Code Tour, which hits Buffalo, NY, on July 11 and Quebec City on July 15.