Van Morrison Roll With The PunchesVan Morrison’s affection for the blues, R&B, gospel and jazz music which he first heard on his parents’ record player growing up in Belfast is palpable on his latest release.

Roll With The Punches comprises five self-written songs and 10 covers of songs by legendary artists who inspired him to become a performer.

Highlights include soulful interpretations of Sam Cooke’s Bring It On Home To Me featuring a Jeff Beck guitar solo, duets with Georgie Fame (Count Basie’s Goin’ To Chicago) and Chris Farlowe (T-Bone Walker’s Stormy Monday and Ray Charles’ Lonely Avenue), and a rousing arrangement of Ruth Brown’s hit Teardrops From My Eyes.

Roll With The Punches  is out September 22 via Caroline.

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