Van the Man has got a plan: "Roll With the Punches," a new Van Morrison album that pays tribute to classic soul and blues songs that are "performance-oriented," he says. The rollout begins September 22.
"Each song is like a story," the 71-year-old Irish crooner explains in a statement, "and I'm performing that story."
The album's 15 tracks include covers of songs by legends like Bo Diddley ("Ride On Josephine"), Sam Cooke ("Bring It On Home to Me") and Lightnin' Hopkins ("Automobile Blues"). Morrison also sings five of his own compositions, including "Fame," "Too Much Trouble" and the title track, co-written with Don Black.
"I was a performer before I started writing songs," he adds, "and I've always felt like that's what I do."
He'll get to do it again on a brief U.S. tour beginning September 10 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The last of six dates on the short schedule is October 20-21 at Oakland's Fox Theater. Morrison will then head to Europe in November for 11 shows in England, Scotland and Ireland.
"Roll With the Punches" is the 37th album released by Morrison since his debut 50 years ago, 1967's "Blowin' Your Mind!" The six-time Grammy Award winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.
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