Van Morrison will release his 36th studio album, Keep Me Singing, on September 30. The 13-track effort is Morrison’s first new album since his 2015 collaborative record, Duets: Re-Working the Catalogue, and his first collection of new material since 2012’s Born to Sing: No Plan B.
Keep Me Singing features 12 original compositions, plus a cover of “Share Your Love with Me,” a song penned by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey that previously was recorded by Bobby “Blue” Bland, Aretha Franklin and Kenny Rogers. One of the new tunes, “Every Time I See a River,” was co-written by Morrison and acclaimed lyricist Don Black, who has contributed words to many famous movie theme songs. Closing out the album is an instrumental titled “Caledonian Swing,” which features Van playing piano and saxophone.
The album’s first single, “Too Late,” also will be released on September 30. Shortly after the arrival of Keep Me Singing, Morrison will embark on a brief U.S. tour that gets underway on October 9 at Forest Hills Stadium in New York City, and runs through an October 18-19 stand at SFJAZZ Center in San Francisco.
Here’s the full track list of Keep Me Singing:
“Let It Rhyme”
“Every Time I See a River”
“Keep Me Singing”
“Out in the Cold Again”
“The Pen Is Mightier Than the Sword”
“Holy Guardian Angel”
“Share Your Love with Me”
“Look Beyond the Hill”
“Going Down to Bangor”
And here are all of Morrison’s confirmed U.S. dates:
10/9 — New York, NY, Forest Hills Stadium
10/13 — Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl
10/15 — Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
10/17 — San Francisco, CA, Davies Symphony Hall
10/18 — San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
10/19 — San Francisco, CA, SFJAZZ Center
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