Artist: Russell Morris | Album: Van Diemen's Land | Label: Fanfare Records | Catalog #: FANFARE142 | Released: 2014 | Genre: Blues, Rock | Country: Australia | Duration: 00:50:38
How do you follow the most successful album of your career?
ARIA Hall of Famer Russell Morris has made a sequel.
Van DiemenвЂ™s Land follows Sharkmouth which became MorrisвЂ™ first Top 10 album вЂ“ 46 years after his first release.
вЂњAmericans have a proud tradition of folk songs passing their history down through the generations,вЂќ Morris says, вЂњand while there are some amazing songwriters celebrating modern Australia, I wanted to create something that connected people today with the characters that shaped them.вЂќ
Morris spent more than a year researching the stories on Van DiemenвЂ™s Land, telling tales of the Birdsville Track, Breaker Morant, the Eureka Stockade, the 1894 shearersвЂ™ strike and World War II.
вЂњTo me, these albums are about looking back at the characters that deserve to be remembered,вЂќ Morris explains. вЂњItвЂ™s about leaving a legacy that in 50 years time, someone can put these records on and learn something about the spirit of our great country, in the same way we do when we read The Man From Snowy River.вЂќ
Van DiemenвЂ™s Land features an array of special guests, including Midnight OilвЂ™s Rob Hirst on drums, The Living EndвЂ™s Scott Owen on double bass, Rick Springfield on slide guitar, Joe Camilleri on saxophone, Ross Hannaford and Phil Manning on guitar, and Vika and Linda Bull on backing vocals.
Morris was buoyed by the success of Sharkmouth вЂ“ it peaked at number six on the ARIA charts, went platinum and won an ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album. вЂњIt showed me that people want music that tells them a story and moves them.вЂќ
01. Dexter's Big Tin Can
02. Van Diemen's Land
03. Sweetest Thing
05. Breaker Morant
06. Loch Ard Gorge
07. Burning Rodney
08. The Witch Of Kings X
11. Slide On The River
12. Lucy Mcbride
13. Bendigo Rock