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Russell Morris

A few phrases commonly used when describing Aussie legend Russell Morris.. Shooting to fame in the middle 60’s 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.........

 

ARIA hall of fame inductee Russell Morris captured the hearts and imagination of Australians in 2012 when he unveiled 'Sharkmouth', the first of a trilogy of albums re-telling some amazing stories in Australia's distant past-some famous, some not so famous-creating a historical document using blues and rock to celebrate the yarns that modern Australia was built on the back of Van Diemen's Land picks up where Sharkmouth left off, this time covering great Australian characters and stories including Breaker Morant, Sandakan, the Eureka Stockade and many more. 

In April 2014 Russell released Van Diemen's Land. Van Diemen’s Land picks up where Sharkmouth left off, this time covering great Australian characters and stories including Breaker Morant, Sandakan, the Eureka Stockade and many more. Morris is 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, PhilManning (Chain) and Joe Robinson. 

Upon its release Van Diemen’s land debut at #4 on the National Aria Charts. Van Diemen’s Land was nominated for Best Blues n Roots album in the 2014 ARIA awards. Van Diemen’s Land won best Australian Blues Album 2015 and Russell Morris won best male vocalist at the Chain awards.

In 2015 Russell Released the third Album in his Blues Trilogy Red Dirt – Red Heart Debuting at 6 on the National Aria Charts and still going strong in the charts today hitting the #1 on the National Aria Blues/Jazz Charts.