ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, #1 selling Platinum artist, King of Pop, Australian icon Russell Morris is returning to The Brewery at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Friday 9 March, supported by Tobias.
Shooting to fame in the mid '60s with Somebody’s Image, Russell 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. Following that, Russell penned breakthrough hits such as Sweet Sweet Love, Wings of an Eagle, Rachel, Part 3 into Paper Walls, The Girl That I Love and many many more.
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.
In 2012 Russell released Sharkmouth - a collection of blues and rock tunes written about Australian historical characters and yarns. 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 - picking up where Sharkmouth left off, this time covering characters and stories including Breaker Morant, Sandakan, the Eureka Stockade and many more. Morris was 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. The album debuted at #4 on the National ARIA Charts; was nominated for Best Blues n Roots album in the 2014 ARIA awards; and won best Australian Blues Album 2015. Russell also won best male vocalist at the Chain awards that year.
Russell released his third album in the trilogy Red Dirt - Red Heart in 2015 – debuting at #6 on the National ARIA Charts and still going strong in the charts. Red Dirt - Red Heart tells a story of the Australian interior. Russell felt that any history of Australia, albeit brief, must include the people who have inhabited Australia for at least 40,000 years - and the album celebrates some of our great Indigenous heroes. The album also goes on to tell the stories of two bushrangers, another about a beautiful town, a song about a loner, a recluse, and an escape artist (goal that is), a snake and the spectacular Nullarbor Desert.
Russell continues to deliver sensational sell-out shows - and in January 2018 was awarded an Order of Australia for his contribution to the arts/music.
TICKETS: Pre-sale $25 (+ booking fee) through Oztix or at the Imperial Hotel (Ph: 5442 8811). $30 at the door
Doors open 7.30pm
See list of upcoming gigs at www.imperialhoteleumundi.com.au
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