Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Van Morrison Releases Soulful Cover of ‘Worried Man Blues’

Van Morrison has released a second single titled ‘Worried Man Blues’ ahead of his upcoming album ‘Moving On Skiffle’ proving the now 77-year-old has still got it. Born in Belfast, Northern Island, Morrison’s career has spanned over six decades, and it’s no wonder why.

Performing since the age of twelve, Morrison eventually joined the band Them in his young adult years before going solo and releasing ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ - one of the most profound songs of the 1960s. He’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has two Grammy’s under his belt, yet his music career is still very much up and running. 

‘Worried Man Blues’ was originally recorded back in 1930 by The Carter Family, a fairly traditional folk song. It’s been covered numerous times, including by Morrison himself, but it’s the first time it’s been given this touch of “skiffle”. Van Morrison has embellished the track with his own R&B influence, and unlike other artists from back in the day, his music seems to be sticking to his formula of jazz, soul and R&B that made him a sensation in the first place. 

Upon seeing the title ‘Worried Man Blues’ you’d expect it to perhaps be more ruminative, but this version is one you can bop to in the comfort of your own home. “It takes a worried man, sing a worried song/ I’m worried now but I won’t be worried long” despite the lyrics it’s surprisingly upbeat!

Van Morrison is performing across the UK and Europe in the coming months; several of the shows are already sold out. ‘Moving On Skiffle’ will be released in March, but is currently available for pre-order. 

Sienna Norris
Image: Official Single Cover ‘Worried Man Blues’

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