EXCITED: Russell Morris is keen to catch other shows while playing at Blues Fest.
EXCITED: Russell Morris is keen to catch other shows while playing at Blues Fest. Graham Jepson

Morris keen for Bluesfest encore

BYRON Bay Bluesfest is just around the corner and Aussie singer-songwriter Russell Morris is keen to return to the festival for the second time.

He graced the RSL stages of Tweed Heads just under a year ago, but Morris said he was keen to get back to the area, despite being a bit nervous about "what's happening with the sharks" along the North Coast.

"I love it up there," Morris said.

"I was about to move up there, but my mother who is aged (was unwell) and I ended up staying here in Victoria."

He said a move to the North Coast or south-east Queensland was still definitely on the cards.

"I'll probably move to Currumbin, or a little bit further north," he said.

After the success of his last three solo albums - Sharkmouth, Van Diemen's Land and Red Dirt, Red Heart - Morris was keen to take to the stage at Bluesfest this month.

"I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"It'll be great. It'll be my second time there."

"(Last time) I was in the Lotus Tent and it was jam-packed. Everyone had a great experience up there."

But as much as he's thrilled to perform, he's also looking forward to checking out the other talent on offer at the festival.

"I'm also excited about getting there and being able to see a lot of other acts," he said.

"With Bluesfest you can sort of finish your show and go out and see the other acts."

Vintage Trouble, Tom Jones and Jackson Browne were among his top picks for the line-up.

"I'm just going to be there on Monday so I'll see as much as I can," he said.

"I've never heard Tom Jones sing live. He's good and he has the voice of doom, that man."

Morris said he'd focus on a lot of his newer tunes for the festival show.

"Because the last three albums have been so successful sale-wise, I'll mainly play those," he said.

He hoped the show would be well received, following on from the great response to Red Dirt, Red Heart.

Byron Bay Bluesfest is at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm from March 24 to 28.

Morris is set to play Bluesfest at 3.30pm on Monday, March 28.


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