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Keith Richards Announces Release Date for New Solo Album, ‘Crosseyed Heart’

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Keith Richards has settled on a release date — and a title — for his long-awaited new solo album.

The LP, Crosseyed Heart, is scheduled to arrive Sept. 18, and closes a gap of more than 20 years between studio solo efforts from the Rolling Stones guitarist. As with his previous albums, 1988’s Talk Is Cheap and 1992’s Main Offender, Richards is joined by drummer Steve Jordan and guitarist Waddy Wachtel; also along for the ride are keyboard player Ivan Neville and longtime Stones backing vocalist Bernard Fowler, who contributed to Offender.

Fans will get their first taste of Crosseyed Heart on July 17, when Richards debuts the lead-off single, “Trouble.” “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,” he says in a press release. “If you’re looking for ‘Trouble,’ you’ve come to the right place.”

While a complete track listing has yet to be revealed, Richards’ press release names a few more Crosseyed Heart cuts, including “Love Overdue” and “Blues in the Morning.” A number of songs feature special guests, including “Illusion,” which features duet vocals by Norah Jones, “Nothing On Me,” which features vocals from Aaron Neville, and “Robbed Blind,” which includes a pedal steel appearance from Larry Campbell. Additionally, legendary keyboard player Spooner Oldham contributes to the song “Lovers Plea,” and the songs “Amnesia” and “Blues in the Morning” feature some of the final performances from Stones sideman Bobby Keys, who died last year.

Richards, who’s currently on tour with the Stones, may also head out on the road for some solo shows in support of Crosseyed Heart. “That’s being kicked around,” he said earlier this year. “At the moment, I’m just getting my head into the Stones, and I haven’t really thought about what I’m going to do afterwards. But usually if I put a record out, I do some road work. So it’s possible.”

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