INTERVIEW: Russell Morris

Russell Morris is back in the Hunter tomorrow (Aug 28) for a show at Cessnock Leagues Club. He’ll be making his way down the coast the next night (Aug 29) with his classic blues-rock sound for another local show at Belmont 16s. Dan from Newcastle Live spoke to the ARIA ‘Hall of Fame’ inductee ahead of his arrival.

With a band made up of great friends, Russell says they’ve come to deliver.

“I want to make sure that people who spend money to come and see the show go away and say, that was a really great night. Some people come for the old songs, some people come for the new. Whatever they come for, they get it” He laughs.

Russell Morris is just about to release the last album in a trilogy of blues albums that tell the story of some of Australia’s notorious and colourful characters of the 1920s and ’30s.

“When I first started writing for Sharkmouth, I’d written 4 or 5 songs. I was writing a blues album, but the songs weren’t really jelling to me. Anyway, I was flicking through a newspaper one morning and I read this story about a notorious Australian character by the name of Shark Jaws. It spoke to me. I thought fine, I’ll do a blues and roots album but make the lyrical content about our roots and blues. I thought, you did’t live in the delta, I wasn’t born on the Bayoy. It was almost like he [Shake Jaws] spoke to me and said, tell my story”

With arguably one of the most impressive bodies of work ever produced by an Australian based artist, I wanted to conclude our chat by asking Russell what he thinks his discography says about him as a person.

“Scattered” he quips. “I’m a very odd person. I can be really attracted by the flying butterfly that passes and I don’t like to sit in the same hole for a long time. For instance after the real thing everyone expected another psychedelic song, but I went in another direction all together”.

Russell Morris plays Cessnock Leagues Club on Aug 28 and Belmont 16s on Aug 29. Limited tickets are still available.


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