He’s the archetypal rock guitarist: the genius wastrel, the unimpeachable riff-maker, the architect of a band sound emulated worldwide, the survivor of every excess - Mr. Keith Richards
His first solo album in 23 years, “Crosseyed Heart”, started around 2011, while the Rolling Stones were on a long break following their Bigger Bang tour. Bored, Keith began scheduling New York studio time with an old friend and collaborator, drummer Steve Jordan. They met sporadically over the next three years, with Richards layering guitars, piano and bass before recruiting "top cats" like former Winos guitarist Waddy Wachtel and pianist Ivan Neville, along with Stones touring alums Bernard Fowler and Blondie Chaplin, to polish the tracks.
Crosseyed Heart is a straightforwardly old-fashioned, rootsy album with Mr. Richards playing the majority of the instruments himself, showing off his musical personalities "Some of that you can't always express with the Stones, you know what I mean?" says Richards. "It's another outlet. I mean, I hadn't realized it's been 20-odd years since I've done this. Time flies!"
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Onstage, he is at once a flamboyant figure and a private one, locked in a one-on-one dance with his guitar, working new variations into every song. “I never play the same thing twice,” he said. “I can’t remember what I played before anyway.”
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