Kasey Chambers Booked in association with the Artist's representative.
The music of Kasey Chambers nowadays feels almost as intrinsic to this country as Vegemite and Australia will be happy to know the singer, songwriter and storyteller has just released 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", she says.
A change came in 1998 when Kasey, at the age of 22, travelled overseas. She came back ready to start her solo career. The resultant album:
Barricades & Brickwalls - 2001
Kasey was the first Aussie country artist to have a single and album at No.1 simultaneously. The Captain reached the Billboard top 50 not long before Barricades & Brickwalls was released and Kasey built a fan base across the US touring on her own and with US artists such as Lucinda Williams and Robert Earl Keen. She has maintained a loyal following in the US and tours there regularly.
Third album, Wayward Angel - 2004 another monster success, going straight to No.1 in Australia and producing a string of singles including Pony, Saturated and Hollywood. The album, produced by her brother Nash, won best country album at the ARIAs in 2004 and earned Kasey her second best female artist ARIA.
Kasey'sfourth album, Carnival, which debuted at No.1 in August 2006. The album features the top 10 single Nothing At All.
2005 Kasey married fellow musician and songwriter Shane Nicholson and this partnership would form the basis of her next success. Kasey has sung with an eclectic bunch of singers over the years, from Paul Kelly, Tim Rogers and Bernard Fanning to Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Patty Griffin, but she has been less keen to write with other artists.
Debut duo album, Rattlin' Bones - 2008, was a step up for Kasey, for Shane and for Australian country music as a whole. Rattlin' Bones was another No.1 debut on the album charts and won best country album at the ARIAs in 2008. The album was nominated for two Americana Music Awards.
2009 The album Kasey Chambers, Poppa Bill and the Little Hillbillies features Kasey and her dad performing alongside six of the Chambers brood. The album won best independent country album at the AIR Awards in 2010.
2010 Solo album, Little Bird. Released in September 2010 and produced by Nash, the album peaked at No.3. The album included two singles, Little Bird and Beautiful Mess, the latter winning the Grand Prize at the International Songwriting Competition.
October 2012 Kasey and Shane released their second album collaboration, Wreck & Ruin, which again attracted rave reviews, debuted at No.6 on the ARIA chart and won them the best duo or group Golden Guitar at the annual Country Music Awards of Australia in Tamworth in 2013.