Off the back of three sold out city dates this month and to celebrate the release of her brand new album and number 2 ARIA chart debut, Australian singer, song writer and story teller Kasey Chambers will take Bittersweet on the road for a run of shows across the country throughout November and December.
Kasey’s tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet was produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, Powderfinger, The Living End) and is something of a departure for Kasey from the ‘expected’. “I wanted to have an experience making a record that I had never had before. I wanted to challenge myself and I wanted to be excited”, she says.
More so than ever before, Kasey Chambers is writing like a true storyteller. The broken-hearted nostalgia of title track Bittersweet, which will hit country radio September 22, captures the story of two old lovers from both sides. Sung as a duet with Powderfinger front man Bernard Fanning, Bittersweet showcases the exquisite song-writing and irresistible voice of one of Australia’s most gifted and enduring talents.
On working with Kasey on Bittersweet, Fanning commented, “Kasey sent me a rough version of Bittersweet and I was very keen to sing the counter part. I did initially try to convince her to swap the roles in the tune so I wouldn’t have to play the part of such a bastard but she said it suited me too well and wouldn’t hear of it. I started tinkering around with it on the piano and added a bridge section with some harmonica. It all came together very quickly in the studio. It’s such a pleasure for me to sing with someone like Kasey. She has such effortless control and sings with so much soul.”
Joining Kasey for all shows (excluding Thirroul) is nomadic young singer, song writer Kim Churchill. Kim first gained attention in 2009 when he won the East Coast Blues & Roots Fest’s busking competition and has regularly appeared on the Bluesfest line-up ever since. Kim returns to Australia from touring the US and UK supporting Billy Bragg and playing the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. Kim Churchill’s third studio album Silence/Win was released via Warner Music in May this year.
See Kasey Chambers with special guest Kim Churchill (excluding Wollongong) at the following dates and venues:
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Sat 22 November Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul Wollongong GET TICKETS or ph 136 100
Sunday 23 November Wests, Newcastle GET TICKETS or ph 02 4935 1200
Thursday 27 November Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane GET TICKETS or ph 136 100
Friday 28 November Enmore Theatre, Sydney GET TICKETS or ph 132 849
Saturday 29 November Queenscliff Music Festival GET TICKETS or ph 03 5258 4816
Sunday 30 November Her Majesty’s Theatre, Adelaide GET TICKETS or ph 131 246
Thursday 4 December Vikings, Canberra GET TICKETS or ph 132 849
Friday 5 December Montreal Community Theatre, Tumut 02 6947 9100
Saturday 6 December Theatre Royal, Castlemaine GET TICKETS or ph 03 5472 1196
Sunday 7 December Forum Theatre, Melbourne GET TICKETS 136 100
Thrilled to show you the video for ‘Wheelbarrow’ – the 1st track from my new album. Thanks to The Music for the premiere. Hope you like it as much as I do!
PS It’s cold in Bowral at 6am!
The music of Kasey Chambers feel like its buried in Australia’s bones and Australia will be happy to know that on August 29, the singer, songwriter and storyteller will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet. Produced by American Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, Powderfinger, The Living End) at Studios 301 in Byron Bay, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey from the ‘expected’.
Signifying a new phase in her exciting and expansive career, Bittersweet sees Kasey enter the studio without her producer/ manager/ brother and good luck charm Nash Chambers for the first time. Although that collaboration has sold 1.2 million albums in Australia alone –
I wanted to have an experience making a record that I had never had before. I wanted to challenge myself and I wanted to be excited
Pulling together a superb studio band to record the album, Bittersweet features Bernard Fanning on acoustic guitar, keyboard, piano, background vocals and lead vocals on the title track; Ashleigh Dallas on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and background vocals; Dan Kelly on electric and acoustic guitar and background vocals; Matthew Engelbrecht on bass and flugal horn and Declan Kelly on drums, percussion and vibes, Bill Chambers contributes background vocals. Sticking to her trademark no-nonsense live recording style, Kasey and the band recorded the album in just 7 days in April this year.
The first single Wheelbarrow was written and performed with label and band mate Ashleigh Dallas. Wheelbarrow’s swaggerly blues perfectly captures Kasey and Ashleigh’s collective love for melding the new and antique. Their brassy, swaying vocals mingle with banjo beneath the swaggering layers of Dan Kelly’s overdriven guitar—thick, sweet and dirty.
While title track Bittersweet harks back to the ballsy, alternative country rock that flavoured seven times platinum selling Barricades & Brickwalls, it also delivers some brand new soundscapes for the exquisite song-writing and irresistible voice of one of Australia’s most gifted and enduring talents.
Bittersweet is again testament to the songwriting talents of an artist who has won 10 APRA Awards (she holds the record for the highest awarded solo APRA Songwriter in Australia across 10 studio albums), 10 ARIA Awards, 20 Golden Guitar Awards and nominations for 2 Americana Music Awards.
Kasey Chambers will premiere her new album Bittersweet at the Gympie Music Muster, followed by three intimate east coast city shows in September.
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Saturday August 30, Gympie Music Muster