Kasey Chambers Releases Incredible Interpretation of Eminem’s Classic ‘Lose Yourself’

Cover versions of classic songs can be dangerous. Songs that have become a fabric of society to the point where listeners know them intimately and have a deep personal connection. It takes a special artist to take a classic song to a different place and put their own unique stamp on it.

Kasey Chambers fans who have seen her shows in 2022 know this all to well with her incredibly emotional interpretation of Eminem’s 2002 ‘8 Mile’ classic ‘Lose Yourself’. Performed on banjo none the less.

Due to the overwhelming reaction to her performance that has compelled audiences to standing ovations and rapturous applause night after night on her recent Behind the Barricades tour, a live recording of Kasey Chambers ‘Lose Yourself’ is released today by popular demand from fans and festival goers.

Stream or download HERE

Mentioning Kasey Chambers and Eminem in the same sentence will make most music fans raise an eyebrow. Kasey explains: “Eminem has been one of my favourite songwriters for many years. We listen to a lot of him in our house. I’ve been mostly influenced in my life by writers who bravely put fearless emotion into lyrics and no one does that better than Eminem. I don’t really care too much about what genre music fits into, just that the sound comes from a real, authentic place from inside the artist.  Eminem makes me feel things when I hear him. Not always the most comfortable things but I’m not sure that music is always meant to make us feel comfortable.”

Many of Eminem’s hits are about himself and his experiences which can be difficult for another artist to authentically cover. ‘Lose Yourself’ was written in character on the set of 8 Mile, and whilst loosely based on himself, albeit opening the song up to difference interpretations. Kasey connected with this. “I’ve had it in the back of my mind for years that I knew there was a version inside me somewhere of ‘Lose Yourself’ on a banjo that I wanted to play live but it was really just for the self-indulgent reason that I love the song so much,” said Kasey. “It took covid lockdown to give me enough time to learn the lyrics properly and write a melody to it.”

Since debuting the track at the inaugural Wildflower Festival in the Yarra Valley in March this year, Kasey has now performed ‘Lose Yourself’ at each festival show and the 17 date ‘Behind The Barricades’ tour with Busby Marou. The release of ‘Lose Yourself’ was recorded at the final show of the tour at a sold out Civic Theatre in Newcastle. The Newcastle Herald said “It was a strange but beautiful epiphany, listening to the song and seeing a commonality of people all over the world, clinging desperately to a chance at greatness. Am I really crying to a bluegrass version of a rap song from the 2002 movie 8 Mile? My god yes, yes I am.”

“I had no idea that audiences would respond to it like they have. Something else takes over my body when I play it and I get completely lost in it,” Kasey said on reflection. “I can honestly say it’s the most I’ve ever connected to a performance of a cover song in my life.”

The video for ‘Lose Yourself’ was all thanks to Kasey’s fans. Noting so many cameras in the air, Kasey asked fans to send through any footage they had filmed. The result is a perfect time capsule of how a great song, performed authentically from the heart can bring a room of strangers to connect in such a powerful shared emotion.  

KASEY CHAMBERS – ‘LOSE YOURSELF’ LIVE – OUT VIA ESSENCE MUSIC/MGM

Kasey Chambers joins Lee Kernaghan, John Williamson, Adam Brand, and more on the Gympie Music Muster 2022 Line-Up!

Join us for our Belated 40th Birthday Celebration!!!

25th – 28th August 2022
AMAMOOR CREEK STATE FORESTA place for lovers of country and music to belong.


LEE KERNAGHAN • KASEY CHAMBERS
JOHN WILLIAMSON
ADAM BRAND • TROY CASSAR-DALEY
GRAEME CONNORS • BECCY COLE
DON WALKER • BRAD COX
TEX PERKINS & THE FAT RUBBER BAND • ADAM HARVEY
SHANE NICHOLSON • THE BLACK SORROWS • DIESEL • TRAVIS COLLINS
FANNY LUMSDEN • CASEY BARNES
FELICITY URQUHART & JOSH CUNNINGHAM • THE BUSHWACKERS
AMBER LAWRENCE • THE WOLFE BROTHERS
BROOKE MCCLYMONT & ADAM ECKERSLEY
JAMES BLUNDELL • JASMINE RAE • MCALISTER KEMP • THE BUCKLEYS
TANIA KERNAGHAN • WARREN H WILLIAMS • ANDREW SWIFT
HURRICANE FALL • THE BADLOVES • DARLINGHURST • JAMES JOHNSTON
ASH GRUNWALD • FIONA BOYES
CHAD MORGAN • THE PIGS • THE MASON RACK BAND
& MORE TO COME!

Tickets available here!

Mundi Mundi Bash serves up a second round for August 2022 with Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins, and more!

The Mundi Mundi Bash is Australia’s newest remote outback music festival set on the Mundi Mundi Plains 40km north west of Broken Hill, with the rugged Barrier Ranges as the backdrop.

“So happy to be back on The Bash lineup!! It’s never just a gig to me – it’s an outback musical experience that takes me back to my childhood and reminds me why I love this country so much.”

– Kasey Chambers


Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash
Broken Hill NSW
18 – 20 August 2022
Tickets available here!

Kasey Chambers joins Jimmy Barnes, Missy Higgins, Jon Stevens, and more for Birdsville Big Red Bash 2022!

The Big Red Bash is the world’s most remote major music festival set at the Big Red Dune 35km west of Birdsville, QLD on the eastern edge of the Simpson Desert.

“So happy to be back on The Big Red Bash lineup!! It’s never just a gig to me – it’s an outback musical experience that takes me back to my childhood and reminds me why I love this country so much.”

– Kasey Chambers

Birdsville Big Red Bash
Simpson Desert QLD
5 – 7 July 2022
Tickets available here!

Kasey Chambers headlines Gippsland Country Music Festival 2022!

Gippsland Country Music festival is a celebration of all things country.

As well as showcasing Australia’s best country music including well-known legendary artists and the most exciting up-and-coming live acts, Gippsland Country Music Festival also features food trucks, smokehouse bbq, line dancing, whip cracking, rides, market stalls, on-site bars and all-round good times.
All of this and more takes place in the stunning Mossvale Park, Gippsland.

Line-up includes The Wolfe Brothers, Travis Collins, Adam Harvey, Darlinghurst, and more!

Tickets available here!

Bluesfest returns on Easter Long Weekend 2022 with Kasey Chambers, Paul Kelly, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, and more!

Bluesfest returns over the Easter Long Weekend in April 2022!

Join us for Australia’s most awarded music festival, returning for its 33rd year, from Thurs 14th – Mon 18th of April 2022.

It’s going to be a jam-packed 5-day celebration of Aussie & Kiwi talent in ‘Blues & Roots and beyond’, held at the Byron Events Farm (formerly Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm) – just 10 minutes north of the iconic Byron Bay, NSW.

The Bluesfest site is located just and is perfectly situated and surrounded by the charming village of Mullumbimby and the beach towns of Brunswick Heads and Byron. An ideal location, full of the best festival vibes.

Tickets available here!

Kasey Chambers announced for Great Southern Nights 2022 – performing at Lizotte’s, Lambton!

Great Southern Nights is a celebration of live music that takes place right across New South Wales.

The dynamic event features hundreds of COVID-safe performances at live music venues across Greater Sydney and regional NSW in March and April 2022.

Great Southern Nights is a NSW Government initiative, delivered by Destination NSW in partnership with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) to stimulate the revival of the State’s live music, entertainment and hospitality sectors, and in turn the NSW visitor economy, in response to challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kasey and her band will play all of her much-loved songs from ‘The Captain’ and ‘Barricades & Brickwalls’ all the way through her career to now, in a festival performance not to be missed.

LIZOTTE’S, LAMBTON

SUPPORTED BY BILL CHAMBERS
30 March @ 8pm

Tickets available here!

Blue Mountains Music Festival 2022 – feat. Kasey Chambers, John Butler, Lior & Domini, Irish Mythen, and more!

Blue Mountains Music Festival of Folk, Blues and Roots is a three day festival of folk, roots and blues music, featuring selected artists from around the world and across Australia. In a variety of venues in Katoomba, see and hear world class musicians in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere that has been raved about by both performers and audiences.

Join Kasey, her musician Dad Bill Chambers and guitarist Brandon Dodd for a very special Blue Mountains Folk Festival acoustic performance, playing songs from The Captain and Barricades & Brickwalls albums right through to her most recent release, Campfire.

Tickets available here!