Blue Note Records will announce today (Aug. 7) that it has signed Van Morrison to a multi-album global deal, Billboard Bulletin reports. His self-produced album “What’s Wrong With This Picture?” is due Oct. 21.
As for “What’s Wrong With This Picture?,” the jazz- and blues-infused set includes 11 new Morrison originals, a cover of Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Stop Drinking” and an arrangement of traditional tune “Saint James Infirmary.”
Morrison’s last album, “Down the Road” (Exile/Universal), debuted at No. 25 on The Billboard 200 in May 2002. Prior to that, he recorded for Virgin’s Pointblank imprint. Morrison was also affiliated with jazz label Verve for two sets in the mid-1990s, including an album of Mose Allison songs.
The artist has nine tour dates on his schedule through early October, beginning Aug. 15 at Ross-On-Wye, England.
Here are Van Morrison’s tour dates:
Aug. 15: Ross-On-Wye, England (Festival)
Aug. 24: Stirling, England (Stirling Castle)
Sept. 1: Bristol, England (Hippodrome)
Sept. 2: Birmingham, England (Symphony Hall)
Sept. 12: Frankfurt (Jahrhunderthalle Hoechst)
Sept. 13: Dusseldorf, Germany (Philipshalle)
Sept. 16: Plymouth, England (Plymouth Pavilions)
Sept. 17: Bournemouth, England (Pavilion Theatre)
Oct. 2: Brighton, England (Brighton Centre)