Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan has released a new song titled "Don’t Look Behind You." The track is the latest taste from his upcoming solo album, Tenderness, which is due on May 31.

“Don’t Look Behind You” is a sweeping ballad, complete with acoustic guitar, drums and a brass section. McKagan’s voice is supported by gospel backing singers, who add soul to the introspective piece.

The track also features keyboards played by Grammy winner Shooter Jennings. The singer-songwriter, and son of country legend Waylon Jennings, also produced the LP.

“Shooter has a brilliant mind, and a seemingly endless musical catalog bouncing around in his head that he’s ready to tap into at any moment,” McKagan said about working with Jennings. “He made me a better acoustic guitar player and more at ease as a singer. His ability to get real and authentic sounds in the studio are second to none, and making this record was one of the most inspiring musical experiences of my career.”

You can listen to “Don’t Look Behind You” below.

This is the latest song released from Tenderness; McKagen debuted the title track back in February. The bassist said his experiences touring with the reunited Guns N’ Roses inspired much of the new LP.

“Before beginning this project, I was asked more than a few times if I was going to write a book on my experience of the two-and-a-half-year GN’R Not in This Lifetime … tour,” McKagan admitted. “While, of course, it had been an amazing experience, in the end, I decided the ideas swirling around in my head were better suited for a record. The heartbreak, anger, fear, confusion and divide I have experienced traveling this globe of ours coerced these words into songs that tell my truth, and one that I hope will spread and help us all.”

McKagan will perform alongside Jennings throughout the U.S. this summer. Their tour kicks off May 30 in Philadelphia and runs through June 16 in Seattle.

Meanwhile, talk of a new Guns N' Roses album continues to get louder. McKagen recently referred to the early demos he's heard from frontman Axl Rose as "magnificent."

 

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