Archie Roach Tell Me Why packshot“This story’s right, this story’s true, I would not tell lies to you.”

Nearly three decades after we first heard it, Took The Children Away remains one of the most powerful examples of Australian storytelling.

A new version, featuring Paul Grabowsky’s poignant piano, opens this collection, a companion to Archie Roach’s new memoir. Roach digs deep, recording the first song he wrote, Open Up Your Eyes. “At 15 I left my foster home,” he sings, “looking for the people I call my own.” The album includes duets with Tiddas’ Sally Dastey, Emma Donovan (a superb Mahalia Jackson cover) and Paul Kelly (Rally Round The Drum). A remarkable story.

Tell Me Why by Archie Roach is out November 1 via Bloodlines.

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