Well, its official, Keith Richards has a new album coming out – “Crosseyed Heart” – and on Tuesday in New York, Richards held court at Electric Lady Studios saying, “Usually I’m working in this room, tonight I guess I’m working the room.”
The guitar legend and founder member of The Rolling Stones was debuting his first solo album in more than two decades, which is due Sept. 18.
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In front of a packed room, including colleagues and media, Richards, 71, was his usual chippy self. He asked the crowd to “see what you think,” and then chimed in with, “If you like it enough, go out and buy it.”
Interestingly, one journalist at a listening session in LA said upon hearing it, “well, that’s the best Rolling Stones album I’ve heard in a while.”
The new album was produced by Richards and his longtime collaborator and drummer, Steve Jordan, and features guitarist Waddy Wachtel, who played in Richards’ band the X-pensive Winos, co-founded with Jordan in 1987.
The 15 tracks include a mix of blues, Stones-like rockers, country, and even reggae. The whole album is soaked in Richards’ trademark guitar licks and gruff monotonic voice.
And as if to prove he’s not a one trick pony, Richards is featured playing various other instruments including electric sitar and Farfisa organ.
All of this, plus guests, including Norah Jones, Aaron and Ivan Neville, and the Harlem Gospel Choir, makes an album not to be missed.
Story: The Rock My World team