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Shooting to fame in the middle 60’s with Somebody’s Image, Russell Morris had a string of hits including Hush and the Bob Dylan classic Baby Blue. In 1969 he and producer Molly Meldrum released “The Real Thing”, Australia’s only true psychedelic #1 hit and a song that is played regularly on commercial radio to this day! Other hits have included; Sweet Sweet Love, Wings of an Eagle, Rachel, Part 3 into Paper Walls, The Girl, That I Love plus many others.
In 2012 Russell released the Sharkmouth Album a collection of tunes written about Australian historical characters. Sharkmouth reached #1 position on the iTunes Blues Charts & #1 on the Australian Blues Radio Charts and Russell won the 2013 ARIA award for Best Blues n Roots album.
In April 2014 Russell released Van Diemen’s Land. Van Diemen’s Land picks up where Sharkmouth left off, this time covering great Australian characters and stories including Breaker Morant, Sandakan, the Eureka Stockade and many more. Morris is joined on Van Diemen’s Land by a host of special guest artists including Joe Camilleri, Rick Springfield, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Scott Owen (The Living End), Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Vika & Linda Bull, Phil Manning (Chain) and Joe Robinson. “Van Diemen’s Land is an album that has been an amazing experience to make,” said Morris, “With the success of Sharkmouth; it really let me off my leash so to speak. It showed me that people want music that tells them a story and moves them. Van Diemen’s Land won best Australian Blues Album 2015 and Russell Morris won best male vocalist at the Chain awards.
In 2015 Russell Released the third Album in his Blues Trilogy Red Dirt – Red Heart Debuting at 6 on the National Aria Charts and still going strong in the charts today hitting the #1 on the National Aria Blues/Jazz Charts.
Constantly in demand, Russell stills tours nationally throughout the year as well as appearances internationally. Russell has worked alongside industry heavyweights like Cher, The Bee Gees, Linda Ronstadt, The Beach Boys and toured Australia with the hugely successful “Long Way To The Top” in 2012.
“Music legend Russell Morris has taken on the trappings of a husky-toned bluesman to produce a powerful album steeped in Australian history. Sharkmouth is a classy, bluesy journey through Australiana that keeps giving, through to the closing strains of final track Mr Eternity. As Molly Meldrum would have said in his glory days: Do yourself a favour . .” Steve Creedy, The Australian
With Special Guest: Shannon Bourne
Shannon Bourne is a critically-acclaimed blues-and-roots-founded guitarist, singer and songwriter with a strong following of discerning fans and the power to sway audiences with the naked emotion and sheer virtuosic power of his soul-searing performances.
As a master guitarist and slide-guitarist with a distinctive and unique guitar voice, Shannon ranks among Australia’s very finest players, a peer to the likes of Geoff Achison and Jeff Lang — with both of whom he often shares a stage — and few others. His influences — Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Roy Buchanan, among others — are evident in his playing, and his extraordinary performances genuinely permit his inclusion in the same sentence as such legends; but Shannon has a sound all his own, making him a musician’s musician as well as one loved by audiences, and fuelling the strong demand for his services as guest sideman and session musician. Apart from performing with the Shannon Bourne Band, he also performs solo, where the flavour is reminiscent of John Martyn, Richard Thompson, and Pink Floyd, while still very much bearing the Shannon Bourne signature.