Russell Morris – Malt Shovel Taphouse – January 2020
Media Release – Russell Morris Performing at Malt Shovel Taphouse
Legendary Australia Musician Russell Morris announces show at Birtinya’s new Malt Shovel Taphouse
With a staggering 50 year career, Australian music legend Russell Morris is set to play the Sunshine Coast on Thursday 2nd January. He is returning with his new album Black and Blue Heart. Russell Morris will be playing at the Sunshine Coast’s newest live music venue, Malt Shovel Taphouse in Birtinya.
The news comes just a week after the official opening of the venue. Russell Morris will be the second act to play the new space, with the creative force behind The Superjesus, Sarah McLeod, performing on the 14th November.
50 years ago, 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 the 1960s, and ‘Part Three Into Paper Walls’ both reached the top spot on the ARIA Chart, and what followed was one of the most remarkable stories in contemporary Australian music.
He is now returning with a brand new album Black and Blue Heart.
Produced by the legendary Nick DiDia (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam) alongside Bernard Fanning, and backed by a dream studio band (Declan Kelly on drums, Wolfmother’s Ian Peres on keyboards, Matt Englebrecht on bass, and Dan Kelly on guitar), on Black And Blue Heart Russell continues to find unique ways to challenge himself creatively.
When Russell sent his Black And Blue Heart demos to Nick DiDia and Bernard Fanning, the two producers were blown away. They rang him back almost immediately, saying they could not stop listening to the songs.
Speaking of the title track, Bernard Fanning says it is “a song for the ages”.
“Russell’s been a really substantial artist for a very long time but I think that
song will live on with his best,” he says.
Born and bred in the USA, throughout the recording process Nick DiDia learnt of Russell’s Australian classic hits ‘The Real Thing’, ‘Wings Of An Eagle’ and ‘Sweet, Sweet Love’, and was blown away. “I was hearing this amazing history for the first time as we were making the record,” he says.
After six decades on the road, an album can almost write itself. But it takes a rare combination of talent and circumstances to realise that vision as vividly as Russell Morris does on Black And Blue Heart.
Russell Morris will be supported by local Sunshine Coast artist Dan Horne. Dan Horne is a foot-stompin’ folk-infused blues & roots multi-instrumentalist.
Malt Shovel Taphouse opened on the 12th October 2019 and trades seven days a week with lunch and dinner menus, live music and bespoke events around craft beer.