Iconic, un­told sto­ries

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was a teen idol with No.1 clas­sic hits such as The Real Thing, Sweet Sweet Love and Mr. Amer­ica and now Rus­sell Mor­ris (pic­tured) is bring­ing his dis­tinc­tive sound to the Gold Coast on Satur­day. Mor­ris again be­came a mu­si­cal hero when a host of hip, young Aus­tralian bands, in­clud­ing The Whip­per Snap­pers and Third Eye, re­dis­cov­ered his songs and brought them to the at­ten­tion of a whole new gen­er­a­tion. Mor­ris has played shows to more than 100,000 peo­ple, he has worked in tiny clubs to au­di­ences of 40 and is de­scribed by El­ton John as ‘‘one of the finest tal­ents in Aus­tralia’’. Af­ter years of build­ing up a live fol­low­ing through­out Aus­tralia, Rus­sell is ready to take one step fur­ther. He has writ­ing a new al­bum Shark­mouth in a bold at­tempt to de­liver a piece of un­told Aus­tralian his­tory. Loosely based on characters and events span­ning from 1916, Shark­mouth is a jour­ney through some of Aus­tralia’s most iconic and un­told sto­ries. A Jour­ney through The Great De­pres­sion, Squizzy Tay­lor, Phar Lap, Painters and Dock­ers, Les Darcy, Mr Eternity, just some of the characters and events in this sound scape. The al­bum is be­lieved to be a first of its kind, a roots and blues rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Aussie bat­tler. The project has been a long time in the mak­ing, with Mor­ris invit­ing some of Aus­tralia’s finest artists to help cre­ate a record full of sul­try grooves, earthy tex­tures and swing­ing shuf­fles. The new songs he’s been pre­view­ing in live per­for­mances in­clude Pri­vate Lives and When You Go, con­sid­ered high­lights of his live show along­side his older clas­sics.

Rus­sell Mor­ris plays Twin Towns on Satur­day.

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