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Australian music legend Russell Morris is set to take to the stage at The Reef Hotel Casino for two big shows on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 May. More than 40 years after his breakthrough hit – the Molly Meldrum-produced psychedelic masterpiece, The Real Thing – Russell Morris has successfully reinvented himself as a superb bluesman. His latest album, Sharkmouth, comprises of roots-derived songs built on the stories of Australian historical figures. Demonstrating an understanding of Australia’s past every bit as acute as his feel for a great riff, Russell’s album shot to the top of the Aussie Blues charts as soon as it was released in October 2012 – and has remained there ever since. At the time of this release, Sharkmouth is celebrating its second week as the #1 Australian Artist Album on the ARIA charts.
Kicking off with the instant-classic Blackdog Blues, Sharkmouth takes the listener on a journey that brings colour to our country’s past. There are stories here about the boxer Les Darcy, a conman called Thomas Archer, Squizzy Taylor and the Painters and Dockers Union. There are tales of sly grog dens, life in the Depression, being on the wallaby, betting on the daily double and building the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The album, all told, is a fitting instalment from a man who in some ways is responsible for a large part of Australian music history.
Already a major pop star by the time The Real Thing was released, Russell went on to become one of the country's most recognised singer-songwriters. He penned such iconic hits as Wings of an Eagle, Sweet Sweet Love, The Girl That I Love and many more. In the early 70s Russell made the almost obligatory trip overseas and spent a few years living and working in London and New York. Returning to his homeland he enjoyed many long years as a hard-working touring singer-songwriter as the frontman of the Russell Morris Band and, later, as the best-selling Russell Morris and the Rubes.
Like all good musicians who earned their chops in the days before the birth of social media, Russell’s musical fortunes have hung often on his abilities to entertain a live audience. As a result he is a consummate showman, able to power through his early hits with coltish exuberance, while also investing his more reflective late period-work with the sort of gravitas and control that they deserve. Throughout the years Russell has worked alongside music heavyweights such as Cher, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys and Linda Ronstadt. It is a testament to his nature as well as to his talent that Sharkmouth finds him still teaming up with a stunning line-up of eager guests, including Troy Cassar-Daley, Renee Geyer, Mark Lizotte and Chris Wilson.
Even after all these years, Russell Morris is still considered to be the real thing. His shows at The Reef Hotel Casino will be events truly not to be missed.
Russell Morris performs at Vertigo Cocktail Bar & Lounge in The Reef Hotel Casino on Friday 17 & Saturday 18 May from 6.30pm nightly. Entertainment kicks off with Leanne Tennant from 6.30pm, followed by Fingerprint and then Russell Morris. The party continues with Mr Smith (17 May) and Big Noise (18 May) until 1.30am. *** These are free shows at Vertigo