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 a memorable evening. Granted! and the whole package was first class. Russell’s singing was pitch perfect and he was hitting notes that any younger counterpart would envy. Those that mightn’t have been followers would’ve jumped on board after this performance I’m sure.

His blues/roots music from the past few years and the stories behind the songs were something to behold.The accompanying narration was 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 enhanced both Russell’s newer material and the classic hits tastefully. His 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.

Rob Foenander
Melbourne Observer
The Local Paper Network
Casey Radio 97.7 FM

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