Kris Morris & Josh Dufficy

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Kristen Lee Morris has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s most unique and captivating blues/roots musicians. His songs cut to the heart and on stage with his rusty guitar he tears the house down.

It is blues music at its core but with a freedom and range that also draws on roots and folk styles. From the blues masters to Chris Whitley, Neil Young to Steve Earle – you can hear it all in Morris’ special blend. In 2014 Morris released his well-received, Kasey Chambers-produced debut album Ruins which struck a chord with blues, roots and country lovers alike. Here was a guy that could write a break up song and, at the same time, shake the walls.

“Morris blew me away with his raw blues and alt-country that kicked up metaphorical dust while at the same time cutting an emotional line straight to the heart.” – Post To Wire

Morris shared stages with Chambers, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Charlie Parr, and Hayes Carll before he and partner Sarah Humphreys brought their Eagle & The Wolf collaboration to life. Their critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut record as a band featured lead single MAMA, SON & THE HOLY GHOST which received national airplay.

“Open hearted Americana from smitten Australian duo…Humphreys’ voice is mellifluous throughout and Morris’s dilapidated croon is an alluring counterpoint…the pair’s sincerity and chemistry makes their first record together beguiling indeed.” – Rolling Stone Magazine

2018 was the year of Morris’ second solo album and one that eloquently encapsulates the spirit and verve of the musician and songwriter; his raw swagger and charm in full flight. In recognition of Kristen Lee Morris’ songwriting, Double J chose the single ‘Cowboy’ as Australian song of the year on their Tower Of Song program.

Joining Kristen on drums will be Josh Dufficy of Grizzlee Train & the Kasey Chambers band, both of whom have played at Akoostik on multiple occasions