- Do I Move You The Black Sorrows 4:53
- Saint Georges Road 5:15
- Revolutionary Blues 3:31
- Kiss The Motherlode 5:32
- Tears For The Bride 4:14
- Daughters Of Glory 5:45
Featured tracks from “Live From The Shangri-La” released 2022
Fronted by Oz music luminary Joe Camilleri, The Black Sorrows have been at the forefront of Australian music for decades. The band are renowned for their high-energy live shows, musicianship and infectious raw, rootsy, rhythms.
The Black Sorrows are masters of the eclectic and one of the most sophisticated ensembles in the country. From gospel to sweet soul, raw blues to country with a hint of jazz and wild rock’n’roll joyrides, no musical style is left in the corner waiting for a dance partner.
2022 saw the band return to the ARIA charts with their 19th studio album Saint Georges Road hitting #1 on the ARIA Jazz and Blues chart three times. For Joe Camilleri it was extra special as the album also represented his 50th career release.
The current version of The Black Sorrows showcases some of Australia’s finest musicians – Joe Camilleri (vocals/guitar/sax/harp), Claude Carranza (guitar/vocals), Mark Gray (bass/vocals), James Black (keyboards/vocals) and Tony Floyd (drums/vocals)
Awarded “living legend” status by Rolling Stone, Joe Camilleri has kicked a staggering number of goals over his 50+ years in music as a singer, songwriter, musician, performer and producer. Camilleri launched The Black Sorrows as a loose band of like-minded musicians in 1984. The independently released album Dear Children, represented a turning point for The Sorrows once CBS/Sony stepped in with a world-wide deal. There have been hits not only in Australia but also in Europe where they still have a loyal legion of fans.
The band toured Europe several times playing songs that have become radio staples like Chained to the Wheel, Harley & Rose and Hold On To Me and Stir It Up. There have been multi-platinum albums and, collectively, sales of over two million records worldwide. The Black Sorrows, in one form or another, haven’t stopped recording or performing since Joe pulled the thing together.
Joe Camilleri is considered one of the most genuinely talented figures in Australian music. As frontman of the seminal 70’s band, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Joe was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons made their mark on the Australian music landscape with their unique blend of rock ‘ n’ roll, soulful sax and reggae rhythms with hits Shape I’m In, So Young and Hit and Run. Over the years other greats have admired Camilleri’s songwriting including Elvis Costello recording So Young in 1987 and John Denver with Chained To The Wheel and Hold On To Me in 1989.
“Catching The Black Sorrows brand of raw, rootsy, hip-shaking rock’n’roll feels like discovering the best bar band in the world”
The Dubai National
“…you know you’re in the presence of a real thumping, jangling, Mississippi-by-way-of-Melbourne rock n’ roll band”
The Skinny Edinburgh
“Camilleri is an Aussie rock legend and one of this nation’ s finest performers..the epitome of a hardworking entertainer who knows how to connect with his audience.”
Sydney Morning Herald
Byron Bay Bluesfest AUS
Caloundra Music Festival AUS
Edinburgh Fringe UK
Rockpalast Crossroads DE
Nidaros Blues NO
Roskilde Festival DK
“Black Sorrows delight west London with music masterclass” Australian Times UK
Rolling Stone Living Legend “Jo Jo Zep brought soul to Oz rock and The Black Sorrows did it again..”
Stack Magazine “Camilleri simply continues to do one thing: churn out quality music…the album showcases a stellar line-up…these guys can play anything, Jeff Jenkins
Newcastle Herald “Joe Camilleri is still cool in black”
The Age EG “….a record that traverses the American canon with zestful joy instead of faithful appropriation… Faithful Satellite is a reminder that Camilleri and his bandmates were the gateway drug for roots music aficionados in this country” Craig Mathieson
Newcastle Herald “After 50 years Joe Camilleri is still wide awake at the wheel”
AMNPlify It’s difficult to fault an album that is as diverse as this one… this classic Australian band are not through sharing their musical gifts with the world just yet.” Jackie Smith
‘Camilleri is joined onstage by such a wealth of talent ….Everything comes together in what makes a complete experience and it appears that the crowd feels the same. There’s less of the polite applause and more of the real appreciation, more open-mouthed wonder’ Review The Quarry Amphitheatre Perth
“Camilleri as anticipated is a force of nature, with one of Australian rock’s most distinctive voices….he’s a Louisiana bluesman trapped way, way down south. Planet Arts
‘Joe never fails to deliver, and produces one of the most powerful shows in the country. Joe’s passion for music and his genuine love of his fans make him the best in the business. Up and coming artists wanting longevity should take a leaf out of Joe’s book.’ Duane McDonald Regional Touring
“Faithful Satellite combines all of the qualities you would expect from the Sorrows – eclectic roots instrumentation…providing an organic warm sound that is so captivating…the songs are some of Joe and Nick Smith’s best…expect to see this on many critics best of the year list” Steve Britt Rhythms Mag Sept/Oct
Tinnitist Canada- The Black Sorrows Rock The Revolutionary Blues
Blues News Norway – Sorrows headline Nidaros Blues 2019
CPM Americana Roundup UK
Ruta66 Magazine Spain “a seamless album, reinterpreting blues and soul without losing sight of the high-octane rock. They have little to do with the rest of musical proposals that relate to his native Australia. And that makes them a rara avis (rare bird)….full of personality…drunken freedom…luminously excelsos”
Written In Music Netherlands ” Faithful Satellite will undoubtedly generate effortless appreciation outside the circle of the Black Sorrows diehard fan”
mescalina Italy “….definitely an album positively out of the ordinary. I recommend it without any doubt”
Roots Highway review Italy “…highlights an unconditional love for the soul, the country roots, the language of southern music and r & b”
Popklikk Norway “....For the rest of us are Faithful Satellite, a cream, sweet jukebox and band so much fun you can have with live music from a low stage. Bring’em back”.
Mescalina Italy review
RudolfsMusic review NL
Musikknyheter review Endless Sleep XL
Johnny’s Garden Netherlands review
EuroAmericana Chart June 2015
Blues News Norway
Nidaros Blues Festival review