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Van Morrison Covers Blues, Soul & Jazz Classics on "Roll With the Punches"

by VVN Music

The very prolific Van Morrison will release 37th studio album, Roll With the Punches, on September 22.

Built around a track list of blues, soul and jazz classics, along with four Morrison originals, Van says it really was all about the story and the potential for performance.  "The songs on Roll With the Punches, whether I've written them or not, they're performance oriented. Each song is like a story and I'm performing that story. That's been forgotten over years because people over-analyze things. I was a performer before I started writing songs, and I've always felt like that's what I do.

"The thing about the blues is you don't dissect it.  You just do it. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing, people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter and Mose Allison. I got to hang out with them and absorb what they did. They were people with no ego whatsoever and they helped me learn a lot."
Morrison self-produced the album and gets assistance from such artists as Jeff Beck, Chris Farlow, Georgie Fame, Paul Jones and Jason Rubello.

Here's Morrison's latest take on the classic Sam Cooke song Bring It On Home to Me:

Morrison previously included a live version on the album It's Too Late to Stop Now. 

The track list:
  • Roll With the Punches (Van Morrison & Don Black)
  • Transformation (Van Morrison)
  • I Can Tell (Bo Diddley & Samuel Bernard Smith)
  • Stormy Monday / Lonely Avenue (T-Bone Walker / Doc Pomus)
  • Goin' To Chicago (Count Basie & Jimmy Rushing)
  • Fame (Van Morrison)
  • Too Much Trouble (Van Morrison)
  • Bring It on Home to Me (Sam Cooke)
  • Ordinary People (Van Morrison)
  • How Far From God (Sister Rosetta Tharpe)
  • Teardrops From My Eyes (Rudy Toombs)
  • Automobile Blues (Lightnin' Hopkins)
  • Benediction (Mose Allison)
  • Mean Old World (Little Walter)
  • Ride On Josephine (Bo Diddley)
Morrison also has announced a short tour to promote the album:
  • 09/10 - Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
  • 09/14 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater
  • 10/13 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
  • 10/14 - Rancho Mirage, CA - The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa
  • 10/20 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
  • 10/21 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
  • 11/06 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Edinburgh Playhouse
  • 11/07 - Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow Royal Court
  • 11/12 - London, UK - Eventim Apollo
  • 11/13 - Birmingham, UK - Birmingham Symphony Hall
  • 11/15 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
  • 11/20 - Cardiff, UK - St. David's Hall
  • 11/21 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
  • 11/24 - Torquay, UK - Princess Theatre
  • 11/25 - Plymouth, UK - Plymouth Pavilions
  • 12/04 - Belfast, Ireland - Europa Hotel
  • 12/05 - Belfast, Ireland - Europa Hotel