On July 27, 2015, the music video for Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards’ song “Trouble” premiered on Apple Music Connect/iTunes. “Trouble” is the first single from Crosseyed Heart, his third solo studio album and fourth solo album. The album is due for release on Republic Records on Sept. 18, 2015. Outside the U.S., the album will be released on Virgin EMI.
Directed by Oscar winner Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”), the music video for “Trouble” was shot in New York City at Germano Studios where much of the album was recorded. (Click here to watch the video.)
Richards also previewed the songs from Crosseyed Heart for a few dozen guests at a listening party at Electric Ladyland Studios in New York City. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Richards spoke briefly at the event, singling out his manager Jane Rose and music collaborator Steve Jordan for their help with the album. “Richards hung out in the corner of the room with Jordan, punctuating select tracks with terse commentary,” according to Rolling Stone.
Here is the track listing of Crosseyed Heart:
- Crosseyed Heart
- Robbed Blind
- Love Overdue
- Nothing on Me
- Blues in the Morning
- Something for Nothing
- Just a Gift
- Goodnight Irene
- Substantial Damage
- Lover’s Plea
The album’s first single, “Trouble,” was released on July 17, 2015. In 2011, while Richards was promoting his role in the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” he mentioned in interviews that he had begun working on the album with members of his X-Pensive Winos band.
In September 2014, Richards told the Associated Press that he had completed the album but wanted to release it when the Stones weren’t touring. The Rolling Stones began doing concerts again in 2012, after a five-year absence from touring. The band’s North American “Zip Code” tour ended in Quebec City on July 14, 2015. There is no word yet on when the Stones will release another studio album of new material. The band’s most recent studio album of new songs was 2005’s “A Bigger Bang.”
Here is what was announced in the Crosseyed Heart press release:
Keith Richards will release his eagerly anticipated Crosseyed Heart, his third solo album and his first in over 20 years, September 18th on Republic Records.
Crosseyed Heart, a 15-track masterclass encompassing everything that makes Keith Richards one of the 20th century’s most celebrated talents, is a 5-star musical journey that takes in reggae, rock, country and the blues.
The first taste of Crosseyed Heart will be unveiled on July 17th with the explosive first single, “Trouble,” a taut guitar based slice of heaven featuring Richards on electric and acoustic guitars, bass, lead and backup vocals. He is richly supported by old friends, drummer Steve Jordan, guitarist Waddy Wachtel and Bernard Fowler on backup vocals. The song was written by and produced by Keith and Steve Jordan.
“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. If you’re looking for ‘Trouble,’ you’ve come to the right place.”
Keith wrote or co-wrote the majority of the tracks on Crosseyed Heart, many with co-producer Steve Jordan. Highlights include the country tinged ache of “Robbed Blind”, the reggae flavored “Love Overdue,” and the aptly named “Blues In The Morning.” Richards collaborates with several artists including a captivating duet with Norah Jones on the soulful ballad “Illusion” which she co-wrote.
Keith Richards, who plays electric and acoustic guitars, bass, piano and vocals on the album, is also joined by guitarist Waddy Wachtel, keyboardist Ivan Neville and background singer Sarah Dash, part of the X-Pensive Winos, who accompanied Richards on his previous solo records.
Steve Jordan plays drums and vocals and other artists accompany Richards’ on individual tracks, including Stax songwriter and keyboardist Spooner Oldham on “Lovers Plea,” pedal steel by Larry Campbell on “Robbed Blind,” Aaron Neville on backup vocals on “Nothing On Me,” and dear friend Bobby Keys on saxophone on “Amnesia” and “Blues In The Morning.”
Keith has released two other solo studio albums, Talk Is Cheap in 1988 and Main Offender in 1992, as well as a live album entitled Live at the Hollywood Palladium: December 15, 1988.