Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows are one of Australia’s iconic and
popular bands. They are thrilled to announce the release of a new
album! ..... Saint George’s Road is a testament not only to their
musicianship, but their distinctive roots-soaked blues rock that fans all
over the world music have adored for decades. Household favourites
such as Harley and Rose, Chained to the Wheel and Hold Onto Me
touch the heart and soul of many Australians with their infectious, warm
tunes and lyrical storytelling.
Originally started by Joe Camilleri in 1984 as a group for like-minded
musicians to come together for the fun of it, the elastic band has seen
over 40 members come and go, such as the Bull sisters - Vika and
Linda, Venetta Fields, John McCall from 80s band I’m Talking, and Peter
Luscombe who was also the drummer and singer for the RocKwiz
Orkestra, the house band for RocKwiz.
The constant is always at the forefront of their sound and success is Joe
Camilleri himself. Over his career which spans four decades he lives for
music, and has been in numerous bands as a songwriter, saxophonist,
guitarist, producer and of course vocalist.
His talents have seen him inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 with the success of another of his bands.
Before Black Sorrows Joe Camilleri had already become a household
name with his band Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons in the late 70s. Two
tracks off their breakthrough album Screaming Targets, ‘Hit & Run’ and
‘Shape I’m In’ are both still considered Australian cult classics, and
rewarded with Joe his first top 40 hits.
Peter Solley produced the Screaming Targets album, so with his 50 th
album release Joe wanted to not just celebrate the milestone but create something extra special so he invited Peter from the US to work with him
on the project. “The album shows the power of love and inspiration that
spans 40 years of our lives,’ says Peter, who also adds his Hammond
B3 and keyboards to the new record.
Jo Camilleri is over the moon with the his milestone 50th album, “This
record is a culmination of everything I’ve done before and probably the
best record I’ve made.’ With the collection of countless classics this
acclaimed musician has given us over his career, Saint Georges Road
won’t disappoint – and it doesn’t.
The new album has the same soulful blues rock sound that is
quintessentially Joe Camilleri and the Black Sorrows. Each of the eleven
tracks is unique as each tells a different story, blended with their
infectious sound and Joe’s warm and mesmerising voice take you on
both a musical and lyrical journey from beginning to end of the record.
You would think at the age of 73 Joe would be ready to retire, but music
is his life and he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. ” Some people
like playing golf, I like playing music with people.’ Joe says.
The Black Sorrows still average 150 shows a year, including Europe in
their touring schedule since 2014. Joe and the band are so proud to
have a new album release they will ne
To celebrate the release of their new album Joe Camilleri and the Black
Sorrows will tour nationally later in the year, you can catch them at
Bluesfest in October where they will be debuting tracks from Saint
Some facts you may not know about Joe Camilleri
- Joe Camilleri was an ‘unofficial’ member of Goanna. He played
saxophone on their 1982 Spirit of Place album featuring Solid
- Camilleri’s song writing is admired worldwide with many artists
covering his music, Elvis Costello and John Denver are just a
couple who have recorded their versions of his songs.
- The name Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons came about because his
Mum always called him Zep, he was calling himself Jo Zep so
adding an extra Jo and The Falcons just all fit perfectly.
- Jo Camilleri and the Black Sorrows have sold more than two
million albums to date and won an ARIA award.
- Chained To The Wheel hit the Top 10 and took the album from
gold to platinum in two weeks. It ended up triple platinum and
stayed on the charts for nearly two years.