Van Morrison Announces New LP ‘Roll With The Punches’ Out 9/22

Van Morrison -is set to release a new 15-track album, due out September 22 (Exile/Caroline) titled Roll With The PunchesVan Morrison‘s 37th studio album–sees him simultaneously hand-picking a selection of rhythm and blues classics (by the likes of Bo Diddley, Mose Allison, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Lightnin’ Hopkins, among others) and recording a set of new self-written songs. It’s an album that features raw, intimate interpretations of some of the cornerstones of rock’n’roll alongside five new numbers.

Roll With The Punches was produced by Morrison and recorded with an incredible team of studio collaborators including Chris Farlowe, Georgie Fame, Jeff Beck, Paul Jones and Jason Rebello.

“From a very early age, I connected with the blues,” Morrison says.  “The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it–you just do it. I’ve never over-analysed what I do; I just do it. Music has to be about just doing it and that’s the way the blues works–it’s an attitude. I was lucky to have met people who were the real thing–people like John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Witherspoon, Bo Diddley, Little Walter & 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.”

“The songs on Roll With the Punches--whether I’ve written them or not–they’re performance oriented,” Morrison adds.  “Each song is like a story and I’m performing that story. That’s been forgotten over years because people over-analyse things. I was a performer before I started writing songs and I’ve always felt like that’s what I do.”

VAN MORRISON’s U.S. and UK tour dates are as follows:

Sun Sept 10
Hersheypark Stadium @ “Outlaw Music Festival”

Thu Sept 14
Ascend Amphitheater

Fri Oct 13
The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Sat Oct 14
The Show At Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa

Fri Oct 20
Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)

Sat Oct 21
Fox Theater (Oakland, CA)

Mon Nov 6
Edinburgh Playhouse

Tues Nov 7
Glasgow Royal Court

Sun Nov 12
London Eventim Apollo

Mon Nov 13
Birmingham Symphony Hall

Wed Nov 15
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Mon Nov 20
Cardiff St. David’s Hall

Tues Nov 21
Bristol Colston Hall

Fri Nov 24
Torquay Princess Theatre

Sat Nov 25
Plymouth Pavilions

Mon Dec 4
Belfast Europa Hotel

Tues Dec 5
Belfast Europa Hotel


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