For the past few years, Chris Cornell has been performing unplugged solo shows, which are represented on the Songbook release.
“A few years ago I got sober and I was going through a horrible divorce and got remarried, and I came to the conclusion that I needed to change everything,” the Soundgarden vocalist says. “I made the decision to do everything I wanted to do for years but was afraid of. I felt like I couldn’t really call myself a musician without being able to walk into a room with an instrument and entertain people with it. That was just me being afraid of it. I knew I could pull that off, I just had to have the balls to walk out and do it. It ended up being a rewarding thing because you have a totally different connection with an audience. It was important for me to confront that fear and a whole bunch of other ones.”
Cornell’s new solo album, Higher Truth, comes out September 18th.