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