Iconic, untold stories
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.