RUSSELL MORRIS – THE REAL THING
Birds Basement 10 Nov 2016
Well folks – I’ve recently been inspired by an Australian music legend who just keeps delivering the goods. And those goods are what Russell Morris has always been connected with. Great songs, incredible vocals and a complete understanding of how to engage and entertain an audience.
Ok, so there were many RM fans who came to Birds Basement for an ‘up close and personal’ show – Granted! But, there was no denying the total quality of the whole package. Russell’s singing was pitch perfect. And, he was hitting notes that any younger counterpart would envy, including me.
His blues/roots music from the past few years and the stories behind the songs were something to behold. The accompanying narration was also delivered in an interesting and engaging way that helped you connect even more with the songs. Of course, the icing on what was already a beautiful cake had to be his trip down memory lane with all his big hits from the 60s & 70s. All of which were delivered meticulously.
Let’s not forget the band either. It had to be one of the tightest bands I’ve seen in a long time. Pete O’Brien, Mitch Cairns and John Creech are all accomplished and well regarded musicians in their own right. Pete’s showmanship was a standout with a level of guitar playing that respectfully interpreted both Russell’s newer material and the classic hits tastefully. The extended solos had the crowd mesmerized too.
Some seriously impressive playing by all indeed, and the harmonies – WOW – Tighter than the proverbial!
So folks, there you have it – 10/10 and as Russell’s one time producer would say “do yourselves a favour” and I say, get yourself a seat in his next show, you won’t be disappointed.
** Russell Morris was profiled in my Melbourne Observer Country Crossroads column – 16 Nov 2016