Friday, July 7, 2017

Kasey Chambers at City Winery

Kasey Chambers was born in Mount Gambier, Australia, but not too long afterwards her parents decided to live off the land and moved the family into the desolate Nullarbor Plain, where for 10 years they lived off foxes, kangaroos and anything else her dad hunted. At night, the family would sit around a campfire and sing American country songs that her dad played on guitar. They later returned to civilization and toured as a family band, the Dead Ringer Band, which consisted of dad (Bill), mom (Di), Kasey, and her older brother Nash. Kasey launched a solo career in 1999, but the family continued to factor in the musicianship (Bill), the production (Nash) and the merchandising (Di). Kasey's country music crossed over to pop radio, and she became a major music artist in Australia, with chart toppers, platinum records and ARIA awards. Her 11th studio album, Dragonfly, is a double album, and was released in America on June 2, 2017. Chambers currently lives in Copacabana, Australia.

At City Winery tonight, Kasey Chambers' entourage remained a family affair, with Bill Chambers on guitar and one of Kasey's sons coming on stage to play percussion and harmonica on one song. While the backbone of the set was country music, there were occasional forays into soulful blues and bluegrass. Kasey mostly played acoustic guitar, but also played slide guitar and harmonica. Despite recent vocal surgery, Kasey's vocals and melodies successfully spanned a broad vocal range, sometimes light and airy, but other times deeply blue. Throughout the set, the integrity of her delivery made the lyrics feel like personal and passionate revelations. Meanwhile, her band enriched the songs with twang, bite and lush as needed. These Australians did an impressive job with Americana.

Visit Kasey Chambers at www.kaseychambers.com.

Setlist:
  1. Wheelbarrow
  2. Not Pretty Enough
  3. This Flower
  4. Rattlin' Bones (Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson cover)
  5. Is God Real?
  6. Pony
  7. Crossfire
  8. If I Died
  9. Million Tears
  10. Georgia Brown
  11. Hey
  12. Willin' (Little Feat cover)
  13. Ain't No Little Girl
  14. The Captain
Encore:
  1. Talkin' Baby Blues
  2. Barricades & Brickwalls