With a staggering 50 year career and counting, Russell Morris returns with his brand new album, Black And Blue Heart.

Produced by the very highly regarded Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Powderfinger) alongside co-producer Bernard Fanning, Russell continues to find unique ways to challenge himself creatively.

When Russell sent his Black And Blue Heart demos to Nick and Bernard, the producers were immediately blown away, calling him to say they could not stop listening to the songs.

DiDia and Fanning speed-dialled their studio ‘dream team’: guitarist Dan Kelly, drummer Declan Kelly and, from Fanning’s touring band, bassist Matt Englebrecht and former Wolfmother keyboard player Ian Peres. Perched between the tropical bush and panoramic ocean views of La Cueva Studios near Byron Bay, Black And Blue Heart found its rhythm fast.

“I met Bernard [Fanning] a few years ago,” Russell Morris remembers. The Powderfinger frontman came backstage at one of the Australian rock legend’s countless gigs to pay his respects with a mutual friend. “But it wasn’t ‘til I moved up to Queensland last year that we sat down and started talking.”

The warmer environs had already exerted a strange, organic influence on the songs Russell was writing in the wake of the platinum-selling, ARIA-winning blues-rock trilogy — Sharkmouth, Van Diemen’s Land, and Red Dirt Red Heart — that so spectacularly relaunched his career from 2012 onwards.

“As soon as we heard the demos, the quality and grace of the songs was obvious immediately,” Fanning says of the album overall. “It sounded to me like the kind of music only someone with Russell’s backstory could make. He’s always been renowned for his incredible voice but it’s really come into its own now. His tone just communicates this unique life experience, so we just had to get that down.”

Born and bred in the USA, Nick DiDia only learnt of Russell’s top-shelf pedigree during the recording process.

“I was hearing of this amazing Australian music history for the first time as we were making the record,” he says.

It all started, of course, over 50 years ago when 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 all time, and ‘Part Three Into Paper Walls’. Both reached #1 on the Australian chart, and what followed has become one of the most remarkable stories in contemporary Australian music.

Fast forward to October 2012, when Russell Morris began a trilogy of albums, each with a theme of Australian stories. The first, Sharkmouth, is a collection of tracks about the Australia of the 1920s and 1930s. The album went on to reach #6 on the ARIA Chart, and is certified platinum.

Then came Van Diemen’s Land in 2014, which focused on significant events rather than the stories of individuals. From the prison ships that began Australia as a penal settlement, to the union strikes, the First and Second World Wars, Van Diemen’s Land covers a vast array of Australian history.

In 2015 Russell released Red Dirt – Red Heart, amazing musical stories with unique Australian themes, which won the coveted Best Blues And Roots Album at the 2016 ARIA Awards.

Through it all, Russell remains one of the hardest working musicians in the country. For some artists, a new album can almost write itself after almost six decades on the road, but it takes a rare combination of talent and circumstances to realise that vision as vividly and succinctly as Russell Morris does on Black And Blue Heart.

Russell Morris – Black And Blue Heart tracklist:

  1. Ain’t No Angel
  2. Is There Anybody Out There?
  3. Sitting Pretty
  4. Black And Blue Heart
  5. See You Go
  6. Full Moon
  7. Not My Lucky Day
  8. Fat Man And The Priest
  9. Asleep At The Wheel
  10. Witness Protection
  11. Forever Remembered


Mon 11 Mar
Huon Festival | Franklin, TAS
Tickets available at the gate

Thu 14 Mar
Spiegeltent at Adelaide Fringe Festival | Adelaide, SA

Fri 12 Apr
Darwin Casino | Darwin, NT

Sat 13 Apr
Edgehill Hotel | Cairns, QLD

Thu 18 Apr
Byron Bay Bluesfest | Byron Bay, NSW

Wed 24 Apr (ANZAC Day Eve)
The Espy | St Kilda, VIC
With special guest Ash Grunwald

Fri 26 Apr
The Gov | Adelaide, SA
With special guest Ash Grunwald

Fri 3 May
Freo Social | Fremantle, WA

Fri 10 May
Paddington RSL | Paddington, NSW
With special guest Ash Grunwald

Sat 11 May
The Triffid | Brisbane, QLD
With special guest Ash Grunwald

Sun 12 May
Toronto Hotel | Toronto, NSW
Ph: 02 4959 1033

Thu 16 May
APIA Good Times Tour | Bunbury Entertainment Centre | Bunbury, WA

Fri 17 May
APIA Good Times Tour | Perth, WA

Sat 18 May
APIA Good Times Tour | Thebarton Theatre | Adelaide, SA

Fri 24 May
APIA Good Times Tour | Geelong Performing Arts Centre | Geelong, VIC

Sat 25 May
APIA Good Times Tour
Palais Theatre | Melbourne, VIC

Sun 26 May
APIA Good Times Tour | Ulumbarra Theatre | Bendigo, VIC

Thu 30 May
APIA Good Times Tour | Empire Theatre | Toowoomba, QLD

Fri 31 May
APIA Good Times Tour | QPAC Concert Hall | Brisbane, QLD

Sun 1 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Twin Towns | Tweed Heads, NSW
Ph: 1800 014 014

Sun 2 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Twin Towns | Tweed Heads, NSW
Ph: 1800 014 014

Thu 13 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Civic Theatre | Newcastle, NSW

Fri 14 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Enmore Theatre | Sydney, NSW

Sat 15 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Anita’s Theatre | Thirroul, NSW

Sun 16 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Theatre Centre | Canberra, ACT

Fri 7 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Wrest Point Entertainment Centre | Hobart, TAS

Sat 8 Jun
APIA Good Times Tour | Princess Theatre | Launceston, TAS


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