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Howzat! Archive - January 25th 2017

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BETWEEN THE DARKNESS AND THE DAWN
It's one of the great Melbourne music stories of the past 12 months. The Weeping Willows released their second album, Before Darkness Comes A-Callin', in April last year and now they're up for four Golden Guitar awards. Singer Laura Coates says it was "the year of fours". After the album was released in the fourth month, it received four-star reviews in The Music, Rolling Stone and The Australian. It debuted at #4 on the iTunes country charts, and Laura and partner Andrew Wrigglesworth made their fourth trip to the US. "It certainly was a whirlwind of a year," Laura smiles. "We crowd-funded our album, so the first two months were filled with house concert 'rewards'. We then spent the next nine months touring Australia, performing gigs and festivals in seven states and territories, plus a one-month tour of the US in the middle." All the hard work has paid off, with the duo up for four awards at this weekend's Tamworth Country Music Festival, for Best New Talent, Alt Country Album, Group or Duo, and Bluegrass Recording (for River of Gold). Laura and Andrew were pleasantly surprised how the album was received, "given the niche market for the darker side of Americana". The duo - the first direct Australian signing to Redeye Worldwide in North Carolina - also thrilled live audiences in 2016, with their first appearance at the Gympie Muster plus gigs with Eilen Jewell in Melbourne, and Kinky Friedman and Hayes Carll in Brisbane. "We were a little too intimidated to go up to Kinky but we did meet Hayes, who was delightful," Laura says. "He even offered to take a selfie with us."


JACK'S BACK
Jack Howard's "Epic Brass" show was a 2016 highlight. Jack and his all-star cast, including Ron Peno, Sean Kelly, Paulie Stewart and Fiona Lee Maynard, do the horn hits of Aussie giants such as Hunters & Collectors, Midnight Oil and The Saints. They're doing another gig, at The Flying Saucer Club on Friday, 27 Jan.


RRRETROSPECTIVE
The RRR exhibition at the State Library was to finish this week, but it's been extended until 26 Feb.


HOUSE PARTY
Ten years ago this week, Neil Finn revealed that Crowded House were re-forming.


HOT LINE
"Why does a sweet girl turn to a life of sin?" - Freya Josephine Hollick, Sorrow.


CHART WATCH
Starley and Pnau moved into the Top 10.

Call On Me STARLEY (number nine)
Chameleon PNAU (10)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (11)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (31)

The McClymonts score their fourth Top 10 album.

Endless THE McCLYMONTS (number three, debut)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (nine)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (15)
The Very Very Best CROWDED HOUSE (19)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (21)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE (22)
This Is Acting SIA (25)
Skin FLUME (27)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (29)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (35)
Gimme Some Lovin' HUMAN NATURE (37)
This Time Tomorrow MIRUSIA (38)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
River of Gold THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Satellite THE HARLOTS
Already Home ALEX THE ASTRONAUT
Adore AMY SHARK
A Man Is The Water FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK

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