Keith Richards – still creating riffs with Crosseyed Heart

Keith Richards - still creating riffs with Crosseyed Heart

His name is Keith Richards and he is the greatest rhythm guitar player in the history of rock and roll.

That’s not even a bold statement – that’s pretty much music fact.

Since starting the Rolling Stones more than 50 years ago, Keith has come up with riff after riff after riff – most of them genre defining and always memorable.

In the 1960s, it was pop riffs and blues reworkings. Together with Mick Jagger, Keith would be responsible for an incredible run of classics in that decade. It would have been enough to cement his legacy.

But then came the 1970s.

Having been introduced to the open-G guitar tuning from another noted guitarist, Ry Cooder, Keith would then become the co-creator of an entirely new sound of rock that would go on to influence artists from Aerosmith to The Black Crowes. The riff from Brown Sugar alone is still jaw-dropping – it’s the perfect opener to the band’s Sticky Fingers album, and a concert staple to this day.

Through the decade and into the 80s and 90s, Keith still continued with the goods – Start Me Up, Undercover of the Night, Mixed Emotions, Love Is Strong, You Got Me Rockin’. Classic Stones songs. You can hear all of them on Classic Rewind and Classic Vinyl, not too mention 70s on 7, 80s on 8, and even Deep Tracks. These are songs that endure.

In 2015 the Rolling Stones are a well-oiled machine, as reviews of their recent Zip Code tour can attest. The band is currently off the road, but Keith Richards still has much to do this year. His new solo album, Crosseyed Heart, is his first in 23 years. Working with drummer Steve Jordan of his solo band, the X-Pensive Winos, songs like Trouble are quintessential solo Keith. Chunky riffs. Scatted, sing-song vocals. The rough sound emanating out of Keith’s throat hasn’t changed too much over the last 30 years. You can hear new songs on The Spectrum.

Plus, SiriusXM announced that Keith sat down for an intimate conversation with esteemed journalist David Fricke at the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

The interview will feature the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee talking about his life and musical career with The Rolling Stones, as well as giving in-depth insight into his new album. Listeners will hear songs from Crosseyed Heart throughout the special broadcast.

“Always great talking to David Fricke,” said Keith Richards. “Especially for SiriusXM.”

“Keith Richards fans and music lovers around the globe are all enthusiastically anticipating Keith’s solo album, and we are eager to broadcast his compelling conversation with noted rock journalist David Fricke about the record and hear this true rock and roll icon recount larger than life stories from his legendary career,” said Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “The conversation has the charm, wit, intelligence and bite we’ve learned to love from Keith Richards through the years.”

The in-depth interview will air nationwide on Friday, September 18 at 8:00 pm ET on SiriusXM’s The Spectrum, via satellite on channel 28 and through the SiriusXM App on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at For rebroadcast times, please visit

After the broadcast, the interview will be available on SiriusXM On Demand for subscribers listening via the SiriusXM App for smartphones and other mobile devices or online at You can hear some clips below:

With a new album out, and talk of a new Rolling Stones album sometime in 2016 on the table, Keith Richards continues to build upon a legacy already cemented.

Don't miss a minute with SiriusXM Streaming, available online and via the SiriusXM App. You can also try it free for 14 days.