Nearly 20 years have elapsed since Steven Van Zandt released his last solo album, but, hey, the guy has been busy. In addition to playing guitar in Bruce Springsteen's globe-trotting E Street Band, Van Zandt has presided over his Sirius XM radio channel, Underground Garage, for the last 14 years, and beginning in 1999, made his bones as an actor playing two different gangsters with memorable hood-ornament hairstyles: Silvio Dante, consigliere to Tony Soprano in David Chase's iconic HBO series The Sopranos (1999-2007) and Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a New York mobster in Norway in the Netflix series Lilyhammer.
Although Van Zandt continues to write and develop TV projects, he tells Billboard that he realized how much he missed recording and performing his solo work in 2016, when he reformed his solo band, Little Steven and The Disciples of Soul, to honor a friend's request that he play London's BluesFest that fall. The performance went so well that Van Zandt took the 15-piece band he'd assembled into the studio during a break between the European and Australian legs of Springsteen's last tour and recorded what will be his sixth solo album -- a collection of favorite songs that he had written or co-written over the last 40 years, plus a cover of a favorite James Brown song. "We didn't labor over it. We did the whole thing in six weeks," he says. "A lot of the vocals are first takes."
Source : http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7793162/steven-van-zandt-relationship-bruce-springsteen-solo-album-soulfire