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Van Morrison Announces New ‘Roll With the Punches’ LP and Tour Dates

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Van Morrison has announced the details of his 37th studio album, Roll With the Punches, to be released this fall and supported with tour dates in the U.S. and U.K.

Due in stores on Sept. 22 and available to pre-order now, Punches arrives roughly a year after Morrison’s most recent effort, Keep Me Singing, which reached the Top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic. The 15-song track listing blends new original numbers with covers of classic blues numbers — a balance that, as Morrison argues in the press release announcing the new LP, reflects the approach he’s always taken to making music.

“From a very early age, I connected with the blues,” Morrison explains. “The thing about the blues is you don’t dissect it — you just do it. I’ve never over-analyzed 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 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.”

Calling the album as a whole “performance oriented,” Morrison says he focused on his interpretive approach while recording. “Each song is like a story and I’m performing that story,” he adds. “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.”

Morrison will have a chance to test out those performances in front of fans when he returns to the road in support of Roll With the Punches, starting with a Sept. 10 appearance at the Outlaw Music Festival in Hershey, Penn. After another five dates in the U.S., he’ll head back to the U.K., where he’s booked for a run of shows throughout November and into early December; take a look at the complete list of currently announced dates below, along with the Roll With the Punches track listing and a stream of the pre-release cut “Bring It On Home to Me.”

Van Morrison, ‘Roll With the Punches’ Track Listing
“Roll with the Punches”
“Transformation”
“I Can Tell”
“Stormy Monday/Lonely Avenue”
“Goin’ to Chicago”
“Fame”
“Too Much Trouble”
“Bring It On Home to Me”
“Ordinary People”
“How Far from God”
“Teardrops from My Eyes”
“Automobile Blues”
“Benediction”
“Mean Old World”
“Ride On Josephine”

Van Morrison Tour Dates
9/10 — Hershey, Pa.
9/14 — Nashville, Tenn.
10/13 — Rancho Mirage, Calif.
10/14 — Rancho Mirage, Calif.
10/20 — Oakland, Calif.
10/21 — Oakland, Calif.
11/06 — Edinburgh, Scotland
11/07 — Glasgow, Scotland
11/12 — London, U.K.
11/13 — Birmingham, U.K.
11/15 — Liverpool, U.K.
11/20 — Cardiff, Wales
11/21 — Bristol, U.K.
11/24 — Torquay, U.K.
11/25 — Plymouth, U.K.
12/04 — Belfast, Northern Ireland
12/05 — Belfast, Northern Ireland

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