Keith Richards announces first solo album in more than 20 years

With just a few days left on the Rolling Stones’ 2015 Zip Code Tour, guitarist and songwriter Keith Richards has announced he’ll release his first solo album in more than 20 years in September.

“Crosseyed Heart” will be just the third studio album effort from Richards, following 1988’s “Talk Is Cheap” and 1992’s “Main Offender.” He also put out a live album, “Live at the Palladium,” in 1988.

Guests on various tracks include Norah Jones, Aaron Neville, Ivan Neville and the man Richards often described as his musical soulmate, saxophonist Bobby Keys, who died in December.

Richards is backed on the new album by veteran L.A. session guitarist Waddy Wachtel, drummer Steve Jordan—who co-wrote many of the songs and co-produced it with Richards—and backup vocalist Bernard Fowler.

“I had a ball making this new record and working with Steve Jordan and Waddy Wachtel again,” Richards said in a statement. “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 added, quoting the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller blues song famously recorded by Elvis Presley that is Richards’ first single from the album, to be released July 17.

The album itself is scheduled for Sept. 18 release. The Stones’ Zip Code Tour continues with a stop Saturday in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps up July 15 in Quebec.

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