Don’t miss multi ARIA Award-winning and legendary singer-songwriter Russell Morris live in action as part of our Fireside program this August.
Performing for over 50 years, Russell Morris was the first Australian artists to score consecutive number one singles with his first two releases – The Real Thing, which is one of the classic psychedelic singles of all time, and ‘Part Three Into Paper Walls. Both reached #1 on the Australian chart, and what followed has become one of the most remarkable stories in contemporary Australian music.
Fast forward to October 2012, when Russell Morris began a trilogy of albums, each with a theme of Australian stories. The first, Sharkmouth, is a collection of tracks about the Australia of the 1920s and 1930s. The album went on to reach #6 on the ARIA Chart and is certified platinum.
Then came Van Diemen’s Land in 2014 which focused on significant events rather than the stories of individuals. From the prison ships that began Australia as a penal settlement, to the union strikes, the First and Second World Wars, Van Diemen’s Land covers a vast array of Australian history.
And in 2015 Russell released Red Dirt – Red Heart, with amazing musical stories with unique Australian themes which won the coveted Best Blues and Roots Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards.
Since mid-2016, Russell has been making headway in the United States with Sharkmouth; and performing at Nashville’s Americana Music Festival, as well as touring select American cities.
In 2019, Russell released a brand-new album, Black and Blue Heart, produced by the highly regarded Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger) alongside co-producer Bernard Fanning.
Through it all, Russell remains one of the hardest working musicians in the country.
“There’s a damn good reason Russell Morris is still considered ‘the real thing’ half a century on from singing Australia’s only true, psychedelic hit of the same name.” Scenestr
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