Twenty years ago Kasey Chambers released her groundbreaking debut album The Captain. It was a pivotal record that remains the cornerstone of her outstanding career. In celebration of The Captain’s 20th Anniversary, Kasey will be performing some very special shows – sentimentally reforming her original band and playing songs from The Captain album, alongside a “best of her career” set.
The Captain remains one of the most extraordinary and lauded debuts by an Australian artist in any genre. An album that saw critics and the public heralding it as a blast of fresh air in the local country scene. Songs such as the title track, ‘Cry Like A Baby’ and ‘These Pines’ boasted a maturity beyond her years and a wealth of Americana-styled musical influences, yet the album had Australia and family at its core, ingredients that have been a staple of Kasey’s song-writing ever since then.
The Captain saw Kasey pick up her first solo ARIA Awards, for Best Country Album and Best Female Artist, the album would go double-platinum in Australia, reach the Top 50 of the US Billboard Country albums and enabled Kasey to launch her music to the world.
Music fans at the 2019 Byron Bay Blues Fest were treated to a preview of The Captain 20th Anniversary show, the festival which gave Kasey a huge platform for her music when she started 20 years ago was a fitting place to kick off the anniversary show celebrations.
Supporting Kasey for The Captain 20th Anniversary shows is singer songwriter Charlie Collins. Having played in various bands both in Australia and overseas, Charlie has shared the stage with Gang of Youths, Death Cab for Cutie and Jack River in the last year, as well as performing at Laneway, Fairgrounds and Tamworth Country Music Festivals. Kasey and Charlie met in Tamworth early in The Captain days making her support on this tour particularly special. Charlie explains further..
“When I was 10, Bill Chambers got me up on his show. I sung Kasey’s ‘This Flower’. Kasey joined me on stage that night and that feeling I got I will never forget. My idol, my hero, my inspiration. To be asked to join this tour is a dream come true. The Captain was one of the first records I bought and it changed my life.”
Join Kasey to celebrate the 20th anniversary of The Captain and share the journey of the past two decades of her world-class songs and intimate stories – a unique concert experience not to be missed!
KASEY CHAMBERS – THE CAPTAIN 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2019
Tickets available for pre-sale from 09:00 AM Thursday 9th May.
General sale begins 10:00 AM Friday 10th May
For full ticket details head to www.kaseychambers.com
Friday 13 SEPTEMBER – THE PALMS AT CROWN, MELBOURNE VIC
Saturday 14 SEPTEMBER – COSTA HALL GPAC, GEELONG VIC
Sunday 15 SEPTEMBER – WANGARATTA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WANGARATTA VIC
Thursday 19 SEPTEMBER – LISMORE CITY HALL, LISMORE NSW
Friday 20 SEPTEMBER – THE FORTITUDE MUSIC HALL, BRISBANE QLD
Saturday 21 SEPTEMBER – SOUTHPORT RSL, SOUTHPORT QLD
Friday 4 OCTOBER – THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
Saturday 5 OCTOBER – THE ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH WA
Sunday 6 OCTOBER – BRIDGETOWN HOTEL, BRIDGETOWN WA
Friday 11 OCTOBER – TOWN HALL THEATRE PAC, DEAVONPORT TAS
Saturday 12 OCTOBER – THEATRE NORTH AT THE PRINCESS, LAUNCESTON TAS
Sunday 13 OCTOBER – WREST POINT ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, HOBART TAS
Thursday 17 OCTOBER – ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
Friday 18 OCTOBER – EVAN THEATRE PANTHERS, PENRITH NSW
Saturday 19 OCTOBER – THE CUBE, CAMPBELLTOWN NSW
Sunday 20 OCTOBER – BATHURST MEMORIAL THEATRE, BATHURST NSW
Friday 25 OCTOBER – GIANT DWARF, REDFERN NSW
Saturday 26 OCTOBER – NEX, NEWCASTLE NSW
Sunday 27 OCTOBER – THE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE CIC, CANBERRA ACT
To commemorate The Captain’s 20th anniversary “The Captain Deluxe Edition” will be available from May 17 (via EMI) – exactly 20 years to the day since the ground-breaking debut album was originally release and the original album will be available on Vinyl for the first time! Fans can pre-order now from the link HERE.
Kasey Chambers has today announced the release of “The Captain Deluxe Edition” on May 17, 2019, exactly 20 years to the day since her ground breaking debut album “The Captain” was released, ensuring her place amongst Australia’s most revered songwriters and recording artists.
“The Captain Deluxe Edition” includes memorabilia and an unreleased track from archive, compiled by Kasey to share in this unique new package. This recently unearthed song ‘Hey Girl’, written around the time of the album, is available to fans from today – listen below.
“The Captain Deluxe Edition” package includes the 12 tracks from the original album plus ‘Hey Girl’ (unearthed track), 7 tracks from the bonus edition (released in 2000), and 13 previously unreleased track-by-track interview pieces from 1999. The accompanying 32 page booklet has never before seen pictures of Kasey’s childhood, promotional and live photos, and an image of the original handwritten lyrics for the title track “The Captain” – pre-order HERE.
Accompanying the release of the Deluxe Edition is “The Captain” original album on vinyl for the very first time. Fans should get in quick to secure their copy – pre-order HERE.
Discussing “The Captain” back in 1999, Kasey said “I’d like to convert some people with this record. I think it has the potential to prove that country music has a lot more depth and soul…” How right she was! This pivotal record, the cornerstone of her outstanding career, remains one of the most extraordinary and lauded debuts by an Australian artist in any genre. The critics and the public saw “The Captain” for what it was – a blast of fresh air in the local country scene. Songs such as the title track, ‘Cry Like A Baby’ and ‘These Pines’ boasted a maturity beyond her years and a wealth of Americana-styled musical influences, yet the album had Australia and family at its core, ingredients that have been a staple of Kasey’s song-writing ever since. Off the back of “The Captain”, Kasey picked up her first solo ARIA Awards, for Best Country Album and Best Female Artist. The album would go Triple Platinum in Australia, reach the Top 50 of the US Billboard Country Albums and launch Kasey’s music to the world.
Kasey followed the release of “The Captain” with 11 more albums, each one cementing her place on the global country artist stage and garnering her a cabinet full of awards. In 2018 she was the youngest female ever to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, reinforcing her place as one of Australia’s most respected, accomplished and captivating performers.
“The Captain” Deluxe Edition Tracklisting:
1. Cry Like A Baby
2. The Captain
3. This Flower
4. You Got The Car
5. These Pines
6. Don’t Talk Back
7. Southern Kind of Life
8. Mr. Baylis
9. The Hard Way
10. Last Hard Bible
11. Don’t Go
12. We’re All Gonna Die Someday
1. Hey Girl (previously unreleased)
2. I Still Pray (feat. Paul Kelly & Uncle Bill)
4. Freight Train
5. Water in the Fuel
6. Another Lonely Day
7. Better Be Home Soon
8. Heartbreak Heartmend (feat. Paul Kelly & Uncle Bill)
9. Kasey talks about ‘Cry Like A Baby’
10. Kasey talks about ‘The Captain’
11. Kasey talks about ‘This Flower’
12. Kasey talks about ‘You Got The Car’
13. Kasey talks about ‘Southern Kind of Life’
14. Kasey talks about ‘Don’t Talk Back’
15. Kasey talks about ‘These Pines’
16. Kasey talks about ‘Mr. Baylis’
17. Kasey talks about ‘Last Hard Bible’
18. Kasey talks about ‘The Hard Way’
19. Kasey talks about ‘Don’t Go’
20. Kasey talks about ‘We’re All Gonna Die Someday’
21. Farewell from Kasey Chambers
Following an extensive 40 date national tour in support of her album Campfire, Australian country music icon Kasey Chambers announces 4 shows in Western Australia.
The Campfire tour is a unique musical journey through the stories of places, people, cultures and sounds that have inspired one of Australia’s most revered performers. Playing songs from her new album Campfire and all her much-loved songs from way back to The Captain and Barricades and Brickwalls days up until now, join Kasey Chambers for a special evening of music and stories with her Fireside Disciples.
Campfire is an album that Kasey has wanted to make her whole life. The album represents the connection she’s had to different lands and cultures throughout her life and drawing from the regions that have influenced her the most – Australia, Africa, Norfolk Island and America. “All these 4 places have had a significant impact on shaping who I am both musically and personally. From my early years of my family drawing from the Aboriginal way of life in the outback of Australia to experiencing the African culture and immediately connecting with it, living the seaside lifestyle in Southend, South Australia and later on, my time living on Norfolk Island to then many years of touring throughout America and being inspired by their musical culture, I have taken all of those experiences and put them into the songs and sounds for Campfire…”
KASEY CHAMBERS – CAMPFIRE TOUR (W.A DATES)
With Special Guest Grim Fawkner
Thursday 15 NOVEMBER – QUEENS PARK THEATRE, GERALDTON WA – http://www.queensparktheatre.com.au
Friday 16 NOVEMBER – MOORA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, MOORA WA
With Special Guest Matt Gresham
Saturday 17 NOVEMBER – MUNDARING WEIR HOTEL, MUNDARING WA
Sunday 18 NOVEMBER – BUNBURY REGIONAL ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE (BREC), BUNBURY WA
Kasey Chambers joins the 2019 Byron Bay Bluesfest line up taking place at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm Byron Bay from Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April.
Tickets on sale now: https://www.bluesfest.com.au/tickets/prices.aspx?EventID=7
Tickets here: https://dtix.com.au/facebook-events/kasey-chambers-campfire-tour-2018/
Words by Jamie Aps (Alt Media) http://www.altmedia.net.au/kasey-chambers/131800
Next year will mark 20 years since the release of Kasey Chambers’ debut album, The Captain, and yet despite this she is still incredibly humble and self deprecating when speaking about her journey.
“To be honest when I first started playing music, even before The Captain, I resigned myself to the fact I would never be successful in music because I realised my style of music wasn’t incredibly popular and I’ve got a pretty annoying voice,” Kasey said with a hearty laugh.
By understanding that her journey through music was likely not going to be an easy one Chambers was able to simply focus on creating the music which “felt right” in the moment rather than looking for the next best career move or opportunity.
“Although this will sound weird I don’t look at making records as part of my career,” explained Chambers. “I just go with what feels right and at the end of the day I’ve based my whole career on that idea so arguably that has been my best career move.”
This could not have been anymore evident than with the release of her latest record, Campfire, which is a stark contrast to her previous release Dragonfly.
Dragonfly was a very produced, pop infused record which saw Kasey working with the likes of Paul Kelly, Keith Urban and Ed Sheeran.
“[Dragonfly] was one of the most important and poignant records I’ve ever made,” reflected Chambers. “I poured so much of myself into that record and it was certainly a turning point in my life.”
Having invested so much of herself emotionally into Dragonfly and by also pushing herself creatively Chambers’ “knee jerk” reaction for the next record was to strip everything back in order to reconnect with what makes her who she is “musically and personally.”
In order to achieve that goal and Chambers chose to work only with very close friends and family. Working alongside Kasey on Campfire were friend and bandmate Brandon Dodd, longtime family friend Alan Pigram, and her father Bill Chambers.
As Kasey told City Hub simply to have the opportunity “go so far back to my roots” was a real privilege and something she felt incredibly “lucky” to be able to do. This sense of gratitude also carries through to the response she has seen now whilst touring the record around Australia.
“To have people responding in such a positive way is really lovely,” Chambers said before jokingly adding, “I’m 41 now so I feel so grateful to be able to still go out and play sold out shows, I don’t want to get a day job either so I’m really happy that I can still tour.”
Jun 21. Seymour Centre, Cnr City Rd & Cleveland St, Chippendale. $43.80-$78.30+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.kaseychambers.com
Campfire Pre-sale TODAY!
Join Kasey Chambers by the “Campfire” for a musical journey through the stories of places, people, cultures, and sounds that have inspired one of Australia’s most revered performers.
Be part of this intimate acoustic experience enjoying songs new and old that have shaped Kasey’s rich and unique life travelling through the vast lands of Australia, America, and Africa.
Playing songs from her new album “Campfire” (Out April 27) and all her much-loved songs from way back to The Captain and Barricades and Brickwalls days up until now. Don’t miss a very special evening of music and stories with Kasey and the Fireside Disciples.
“Campfire is an album I have wanted to make my whole life and represents the connection I’ve had to the different lands and cultures throughout my life that have influenced me the most. I have taken all of those experiences and put them into songs and sounds for Campfire. Join us for a very special evening of music and stories of the places, people, cultures, and sounds that I would like to share with you all around my Campfire.”
“Everyone sing ‘round the campfire… where the song of the Curlew awaits….
And dance with me under the moonlight until the morning breaks”
WATCH THE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR THE CAMPFIRE SONG HERE
PRE-ORDER CAMPFIRE ALBUM HERE
Joining Kasey on Campfire is her band The Fireside Disciples, consisting of three of her favourite musicians – Brandon Dodd, who has toured the world with Kasey over the last three years; Alan Pigram, a long-time family friend, fellow musician (from the renowned band The Pigram Brothers) and Indigenous elder from Broome WA; and of course her Dad, Bill Chambers, who has been the biggest musical influence of her whole life.
Kasey explained her special inspiration for the album – “I grew up in the remote outback of Australia living a unique lifestyle isolated from civilisation. The campfire was the heart of our existence: for survival, creativity, inspiration. We hunted all our own food and then cooked it on the campfire. My brother and I did all our schooling via correspondence around the campfire. We used the campfire for warmth and light. We gathered around the campfire at night to play songs together as a family. Our connection to music and the land has developed through and around the campfire since I was born, so it has always stayed with me as a special part of my life.
Having grown up listening to the music of Emmylou Harris, Kasey is thrilled the esteemed American country star appears on the Campfire track, The Harvest & The Seed. “It is an absolute dream come true that I actually have Emmylou Harris singing a duet with me on Campfire,” Kasey says. “She ended up being an “honorary” Fireside Disciple for the album.”
Campfire is an album that Kasey has wanted to make her whole life. The album represents the connection she’s had to different lands and cultures throughout her life, and drawing from the regions that have influenced her the most – Australia, Africa, Norfolk Island and America. “All these 4 places have had a significant impact on shaping who I am both musically and personally. From my early years of my family drawing from the Aboriginal way of life in the outback of Australia to experiencing the African culture and immediately connecting with it, living the seaside lifestyle in Southend, South Australia and later on, my time living on Norfolk Island to then many years of touring throughout America and being inspired by their musical culture, I have taken all of those experiences and put them into the songs and sounds for Campfire…”
Following the release of Campfire, Chambers will embark on a massive Australian tour consisting of almost 40 dates throughout May, June, July and August. The full list of tour dates and ticketing information is below.
KASEY CHAMBERS – CAMPFIRE TOUR
Wednesday 23 MAY – CASINO RSM, CASINO NSW
Thursday 24 MAY – C EX-SERVICES CLUB, COFFS HARBOUR NSW
Friday 25 MAY – CLUB FORSTER, FORSTER NSW
Saturday 26 MAY – LAURIETON UNITED SERVICES CLUB, LAURIETON NSW
Thursday 31 MAY – GRIFFITH REGIONAL THEATRE, GRIFFITH NSW
Friday 1 JUNE – CIVIC THEATRE, WAGGA WAGGA NSW
Saturday 2 JUNE – SWAN PACC, SWAN HILL NSW
Sunday 3 JUNE – MILDURA MAC, VIC
Thursday 14 JUNE – MINGARA RECREATION CLUB, TUMBI UMBI NSW
Friday 15 JUNE – THE CUBE, CAMPBELLTOWN NSW
Saturday 16 JUNE – ROOTY HILL RSL, ROOTY HILL NSW
Sunday 17 JUNE – ULLADULLA SERVICES CLUB NSW
Thursday 21 JUNE – SEYMOUR CENTRE, SYDNEY NSW
Friday 22 JUNE – ANITA’S THEATRE, THIRROUL NSW
Saturday 23 JUNE – PANTHERS, BATHURST NSW
Sunday 24 JUNE – CANBERRA PLAYHOUSE THEATRE, CANBERRA ACT
Thursday 28 JUNE – THE EVENT CENTRE, CALOUNDRA QLD
Friday 29 JUNE – TWIN TOWNS, TWEED HEADS NSW
Sunday 1 JULY – BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, BRISBANE QLD
Thursday 5 JULY – THE DESERT CAVE, COOBER PEDY SA
Saturday 7 JULY – ARALUEN ARTS CENTRE, ALICE SPRINGS NT
Wednesday 11 JULY – FRANKSTON ARTS CENTRE, FRANKSTON VIC
Thursday 12 JULY – BURRINJA THEATRE, UPWEY VIC
Friday 13 JULY – THE PALMS AT CROWN, MELBOURNE VIC
Saturday 14 JULY – THE PLAYHOUSE GPAC, GEELONG VIC
Thursday 19 JULY – ALBURY THEATRE, ALBURY VIC
Friday 20 JULY- PARKES SERVICE CLUB, PARKES NSW
Saturday 21 JULY – DUBBO RSL NSW
Sunday 22 JULY- THE CROSSING THEATRE, NARRIBRI NSW
Thursday 2 AUGUST – NORTHERN FESTIVAL THEATRE, PORT PIRIE SA
Friday 3 AUGUST – THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE SA
Saturday 4 AUGUST – SIR ROBERT HELPMANN THEATRE, MT GAMBIER SA
Sunday 5 AUGUST – LIGHTHOUSE THEATRE, WARRNAMBOOL VIC
Thursday 9 AUGUST – TANKS, CAIRNS QLD
Friday 10 AUGUST – DARWIN SKI CLUB (DARWIN UNDER THE STARS), DARWIN NT
Wednesday 15 AUGUST – WEST GIPPSLAND ARTS CENTRE, WARRIGAL VIC
Friday 17 AUGUST – REGENT THEATRE, YARRAM VIC
Saturday 18 AUGUST – WONTHAGGI ARTS CENTRE, WONTHAGGI VIC
Tickets available for pre-sale from Monday 26th March.
General sale begins Thursday 29th March.
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A massive congratulations to Kasey Chambers who has become the youngest inductee to the Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown.
The award was presented to Chambers at the Toyota Golden Guitar Awards on Saturday evening, and the plaque was unveiled on the rock outside the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre on Sunday morning.
Over her career, Chambers has released eight solo albums, won 22 Golden Guitars and had a profound effect on country music, especially the rise of alt-country.
In accepting the award, Kasey paid a special tribute to her parents Bill and Diane and to brother Nash, her long time record producer.
“I definitely wouldn’t have got to first base without my family and their involvement,” Chambers said.