ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, #1 selling artist, King of Pop, Australian Icon! … a few phrases commonly used when describing Aussie legend Russell Morris.
After a staggering 50 year career, Russell Morris returns with his new album, Black And Blue Heart.
Produced by the legendary Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) alongside Bernard Fanning, and backed by a dream studio band (Declan Kelly on drums, Wolfmother’s Ian Peres on keyboards, Matt Englebrecht on bass, and Dan Kelly on guitar), on Black And Blue Heart Russell continues to find unique ways to challenge himself creatively.
Fifty years ago, Russell Morris became the first Australian artist to score consecutive number one singles with his first two releases. ‘The Real Thing’, which is one of the classic psychedelic singles of the 1960s, and ‘Part Three Into Paper Walls’ both reached the top spot on the ARIA Chart, and what followed was one of the most remarkable stories in contemporary Australian music.
Fast forward to October 2012, Russell Morris began a trilogy of albums, each with a theme of Australian stories.
The first album released was Sharkmouth, which went on to be the highest selling Australian album of 2013, picking up an ARIA Award for best Blues and Roots, reaching number 1 in the charts and surpassing Platinum sales. A very unexpected but welcomed success.
The following album, Van Diemen’s Land, was nominated for Best Blues and Roots at the 2014 ARIA Awards, won best Australian Blues Album 2015, and was the highest charting album of Russell’s 50 year career to date debuting at No.4 on the overall ARIA Charts.
The third Album in this blues trilogy Red Dirt – Red Heart was awarded the 2016 ARIA Award for Best Blues & Roots Album.
After six decades on the road, an album can almost write itself. But it takes a rare combination of talent and circumstances to realise that vision as vividly as Russell Morris does on Black And Blue Heart.
In 2017 Russell Morris was awarded the Order of Australia for Services to the Arts & Music.
Melbourne – Victoria, Australia
Russell Morris – lead vocals, guitar
John Creech – drums, vocals
Travis Clarke – bass guitar, vocals
Peter Robinson – lead guitar, vocals
Joe Petrolo – keyboards