Chris Cornell is dusting off his acoustic guitar and hitting the road for a 21-date U.S. tour that runs from November 1st to December 17th.

Chris Cornell has been hard at work on the new Soundgarden album that is expected next spring. While all reports have the new record leaning toward the heavy, Cornell is taking a break for some lighter fare late this fall.

Chris has announced a string of U.S. dates for his Songbook tour, where he will play songs from his entire back-catalog including material from Soundgarden, Audioslave, Temple of the Dog, as well as selections from his solo career. The intimate setting will be similar to that of VH1's Storytellers, as Cornell will interact with the crowd and share personal stories relating to the music. Tickets for the tour went on sale earlier today.

Chris Cornell Songbook tour 2011

11/01 - Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall
11/02 - Nashville, TN @ War Memorial Auditorium
11/04 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
11/05 - Tampa, FL @ Tampa Theatre
11/06 - Miami Beach, FL @ Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater
11/17 - Albany, NY @ The Hart Theatre at The Egg
11/18 - Ridgefield, CT @ The Ridgefield Playhouse
11/21 - New York, NY @ Carnegie Hall
11/22 - Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
11/23 - Allentown, PA @ Symphony Hall
11/26 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
11/29 - Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center For The Performing Arts
11/30 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Bardavon
12/03 - Lakewood, OH @ Lakewood Civic Center
12/04 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
12/06 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theatre
12/10 - Salina, KS @ Steifel Theatre For The Performing Arts
12/13 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Arts Center - Ikeada Theatre
12/15 - San Francisco, CA @ Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
12/16 - Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
12/17 - San Diego, CA @ Balboa Theatre

Check out Chris' latest solo track, a song called 'The Keeper' which was recorded for the upcoming film 'Machine Gun Preacher' (in theaters September 23rd).