Van Morrison Celebrates the Jazz Songbook with New Album ‘Versatile’ (Stream)

Van Morrison Celebrates the Jazz Songbook with New Album ‘Versatile’ (Stream)

Van Morrison’s 37th studio album, Roll with the Punches, was released in late September, but the iconic singer/songwriter didn’t wait around before releasing another one. Titled Versatile, Morrison’s latest is a collection of a handful of original songs and spirited cover versions of jazz standards. It’s a project he holds very close to his heart, […]

Steve Rupert Drawings Vol. 3: Van Morrison and Dave Mason

Steve Rupert Drawings Vol. 3: Van Morrison and Dave Mason

Following up August’s Bruce Springsteen and Steve Wonder sketches, RCM Crowd Participation contributor Steve Rupert returns now with two more of his classic rock-inspired drawings. This month, we’re proud to pass along his sketches of Dave Mason and Van Morrison, two undeniably iconic musicians. Enjoy:   Stay tuned for more of Rupert’s rock-inspired drawings! Related links: […]

New Album Releases 10/22: Motorhead, Van Morrison, Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Brown Christmas

New Album Releases 10/22: Motorhead, Van Morrison, Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, Woody Guthrie, Charlie Brown Christmas

Happy new music Tuesday! Here are today’s top releases of note: Motorhead – Aftershock Watch Motorhead’s New Music Video for ‘Heartbreaker’, from ‘Aftershock’ Click here to Purchase Aftershock in our Online Store       Van Morrison Moondance – Expanded Reissue Van Morrison Announces 5-Disc ‘Moondance’ Reissue, Out 10/22 Click here to Purchase Moondance from our Online Store       […]

Van Morrison Announces 5-Disc ‘Moondance’ Reissue, Out 10/22 (Pre-Order)

Van Morrison Announces 5-Disc ‘Moondance’ Reissue, Out 10/22 (Pre-Order)

On October 22nd, Van Morrison’s 1970 album Moondance will be reissued in remastered and expanded form. In addition to a digital release, the Moondance reissue will be available in single-CD, double-CD or a five-disc CD set featuring a bounty of studio outtakes and demo recordings. Click here to pre-order the single-CD, here for the 2-disc […]

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

Top 11 Prison Songs

Top 11 Prison Songs

I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison. – W. C. Fields “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley “Jailhouse Rock” was the title song of Elvis Presley‘s 1957 film about an innocent prisoner who later becomes a star. Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller discussed writing “Jailhouse […]

Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ — The Interview

Robbie Robertson’s ‘Testimony’ — The Interview

They’re songs that sound like they’ve been around forever, timeless musical screeds drawing from a deep well of country, R&B, folk, gospel, roots rock, Dixieland jazz, and Tin Pan Alley. “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” “Stage Fright,” “The Weight,” “Up On Cripple Creek,” “Rag Mama Rag,” “It Makes No Difference,” “King Harvest (Has […]

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