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Howzat! Archive - June 10th 2015

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THE REAL DEAL
Stephen MacLean wrote in Go-Set in 1971: "Colleen Hewett was made to last." In some ways, it's been a frustrating career. But Stephen (who later wrote Starstruck and the Peter Allen book, The Boy From Oz) was spot on. Colleen Hewett is a survivor, and she has just released the finest album of her career, at the age of 65. It's a blues album called Black & White. Yes, she's a Collingwood supporter who's singing the blues. One track, Daddy Said - written by her son, William - tells the story of Colleen's musical life, with the singer revealing her father's advice: "Daddy says you gotta be real." The blues exposes phonies, but Colleen is authentic. She owns these songs. And her colorful life is weaved through Black & White. It's a hell of a story. She admits she was "petrified" when she made her singing debut in her hometown of Bendigo on her 12th birthday, but she's been singing ever since. After performing Superstar at the 1971 King of Pop Awards, Elton John put his arm around Colleen and remarked: "I think you've got tremendous talent." Colleen was Queen of Pop in 1972 and 1973, and Rod Stewart's manager, Billy Gaff, helped her land a deal with Atlantic Records in the US in 1974. Atlantic executive Phil Rose compared her to Barbra Streisand, stating: "Colleen is one of the most exciting voices I've come across in a long time. She's got everything." Everything, he should have added, apart from luck. Colleen's version of Wind Beneath My Wings - recorded six years before Bette Midler's version - should have been a worldwide hit. And Colleen hasn't made enough albums; this is her first in 14 years. Better late than never, however. And she's at the peak of her powers. Her vocal - both nuanced and powerful - is stunning. Put simply, Black & White is a classic.


BASEMENT BARKER
Nick Barker continues to promote the cracking self-titled debut album from his new band, The Heartache State, with an in-store performance at Basement Discs at 12.45pm on 12 June.


A PEARLER
When The Age asked Howzat! to contribute to a poll ranking the greatest Australian albums, Deborah Conway's solo debut, String of Pearls, was in our top 10, so we're rapt to see that Deborah and partner Willy Zygier will be performing the album live at the Memo Music Hall on 13 June.


STUMBLIN' IN
At last - Sal Kimber & The Rollin' Wheel are getting set to release the follow-up to their rollicking 2011 self-titled set. If it's as good as the first single, Stumble In The Dark (written by Sal and her sister, Beth), it's going to be a ripper. Sal launches the single at the Gasometer on 12 June.


HOT LINE
"I can do it on my own" - Colleen Hewett, Shut Your Mouth.


CHART WATCH
The Sewell family dominates the Aussie entries in the national Top 10, with Grace at number four and her brother, Conrad Sewell, debuting at six.

You Don't Own Me GRACE (number four)
Start Again CONRAD SEWELL (six, debut)
Tonight Again GUY SEBASTIAN (18)
The Buzz HERMITUDE (23)
Do You Remember JARRYD JAMES (26)
Some Minds FLUME (27, debut)
Anchor EP BIRDS OF TOKYO (28)
Anyone Who Had A Heart ANJA NISSEN (30)
Big Girls Cry SIA (33)

Mark Seymour's cracking new album, Mayday, debuts at 43, while Ben Lee's newie, Love Is The Great Rebellion, arrives at 71.

Empires HILLSONG UNITED (number six)
Talk DANIEL JOHNS (10)
Dark Night Sweet Light HERMITUDE (11)
Love Child Season 2 VARIOUS ARTISTS (15)
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit COURTNEY BARNETT (22)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (24)
Come Alive PAULINI (25, debut)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (27)
Old Souls MAKE THEM SUFFER (30, debut)
Twenty JEBEDIAH (32, debut)
Spirit Of The Anzacs LEE KERNAGHAN (34)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (37)
Hearts On Fire JETTY ROAD (38, debut)
Love Child Soundtrack VARIOUS ARTISTS (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Daddy Said COLLEEN HEWETT
Stumble In The Dark SAL KIMBER & THE ROLLIN' WHEEL
Carry Me Home MARK SEYMOUR
Strange Feeling SHELLEY SEGAL
Happiness BEN LEE

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