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    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:26:05

    Van Morrison Announces New Album "Roll With The Punches" -

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    Van Morrison has just announced his thirty-seventh studio album. Like most of the artist's recent records, Roll With The Punches is styled on blues and soul styles, but this time the album is mainly non-original material. Only five of the fifteen tracks are fresh material, the rest have been previously recorded, or are cover-versions. The album, which also features contributions from Jeff Beck and Paul Jones, is due out on September 22nd.

    Morrison's last covers-heavy album was Pay the Devil, which was released back in 2006 — his most recent album was called Keep Me Singing — his aptly-titled collection released last year.

    Speaking in a press statement about Roll With the Punches, Van Morrison said, "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."

    Roll With the Punches, contains a number of songs by influential blues artists like Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, and Lightnin' Hopkins — and Morrison has already released his first single from the album; a cover of the well-known 1962 Sam Cooke hit "Bring It On Home to Me."

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff
    07.12.17



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