A perfect party: Joe Camilleri and The Black Sorrows

You’d think he’d take it easy now that he’s recorded 45 albums, been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, enjoyed hits like Harley and Rose, sold more than two million records, and had John Denver and Elvis Costello record covers of his music.

Yet even though 2014 sees him notch up 50 years in the rock industry, Joe Camilleri is working harder than ever.

His new album with The Black Sorrows, Certified Blue, has won rave reviews from the critics.

The Sydney Morning Herald said: “If The Black Sorrows were a dog with which you shared a house, rather than a band you wish was soundtracking your life, it would be a bitser. Bits of soul, bits of rock, bits of country, bits of gospel … you get the point. Actually, the point is it’s just like one perfect party here … Joe Camilleri comes across like an Antipodean Elvis Costello.”

Camilleri is also touring extensively on the back of the new album (see for dates).

His most spectacular gig is the one on top of the towering Big Red sand dune in the Simpson Desert west of Birdsville.

Camilleri will be performing there with fellow Aussie rock legends Ross Wilson, Daryl Braithwaite and James Reyne as part of a super group at the Big Red Bash (July 9-10), which is proudly supported by Unsealed 4X4 and raises money to fight diabetes. Get yourself out there!