Van Morrison © KLRU photo by Scott Newton

Van Morrison


As one of the most influential vocalists and songwriters in rock, the legendary Van Morrison could easily rest on his past accomplishments. Instead, this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member continues crafting songs that resonate with audiences and exploring new musical territory.

Over the decades, Morrison has penned iconic tunes including “Brown Eyed Girl,” “Moondance” and “Domino.” He’s also put together some of the greatest rock albums in history including Astral Weeks, Moondance, Tupelo Honey, Into The Music and Irish Heartbeat. In the 1990s, he received Grammy Awards for his collaborations with The Chieftains and John Lee Hooker. Most recently, Morrison has been further exploring the boundaries between musical genres and fusing them together in his own unique sound.

Covering a wide variety of styles including Celtic rock, R&B and blues, 2005’s Magic Time was a critical favorite. Rolling Stone wrote the CD contains “some seriously astral blues poetry … and a lot of mellow, easy-rolling folk-jazz numbers about the evils of the modern world and the struggle of the poet.”

Earlier this year, Morrison tried his hand at country music with a collection of covers and originals on Pay the Devil, which critics say “reiterates Morrison’s own musical diversity and flair for making any song his own.” With songs from Hank Williams, Webb Pierce, Rodney Crowell and others, Morrison shows why he is sometimes called the Belfast Cowboy. All Music Guide wrote “Pay The Devil is at the crossroads of country, blues and soul. In his voice is the authority to bring them together. ”



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