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RUSSELL MORRIS

SHARKMOUTH

FANFARE RECORDS

2012

 

TALES FROM DOWNUNDER

 

Russell Morris is one of those rare breed: a certified Australian music legends who still manages to make meaningful music six decades after his initial foray into music. What stories this guy would have to tell.

 

 


As it happens ‘Sharkmouth’ is a pretty interesting album lyrically, telling the tales of various Australian ‘characters’ mainly shall we say from if not exactly the ‘wrong side of the tracks’ then at least the interesting side of town. As concepts go it’s pretty in-vogue at the moment I guess but that seems rather irrelevant when you immerse yourself in the music.

 

 


 Morris voice has that gravelly tone these days that makes you think of cigarettes and whisky and couple that with the interesting tales and wonderful musicianship and you have something rather special. We are certainly not in ‘Real Thing’ territory here; we’re dealing bona-fide blues. Just to put the icing on the cake there’s also an impressive guest list too, and unlike some albums we could point at the guests here certainly add more than their name to proceedings. Standouts for us are certainly the contributions of Mark Lizotte (Diesel) and Troy Cassar-Daley who lends some lovely guitar.   

 

 


Without a dud on the album our choicest cuts are the duet with Rene Geyer on ‘The Drifter’ a tale of a gambler from the twenties; and the banjo-fuelled ‘Squizzy’. If you love a good yarn, hanker after a bit of countrified blues and want a trip through some interesting Australian stories Russell Morris has delivered up a gem.

 

 

By Mark Diggins

 

RUSSELL MORRIS SHARKMOUTH CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013