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KASEY CHAMBERS has debuted at number one on the mainstream
ARIA Top 100 Albums Chart and, of course, on the Australian Country
charts, with her third solo album Wayward Angel.
And the album has already been certified Platinum for sales of
70,000 or more.
"I never thought in a million years that I'd have an album that
would debut at number one," Kasey said, "and I can't believe it. I'm
thrilled that so many people enjoy my music as much as I enjoy
making it and I thank everyone for their support."
Kasey's previous album Barricades & Brickwalls debuted at number
four on the ARIA chart and then went on to win three ARIA Awards
for Album of the Year, Best Female Artist and Best Country Album.
Kasey went on to break an ARIA record in 2002 by becoming the first
Australian country artist to simultaneously hold both the number one
single (Not Pretty Enough) and number one album (Barricades &
Barricades & Brickwalls, meanwhile, after selling more than half a
million copies to date, has re-entered the ARIA Top 100 at number 64
and bounced back to the number two position on the Country Charts.
Kasey's first solo album The Captain has also re-entered the
ARIA Top 100 at number 89 and has hit the top five again in the
All three albums together total 11 Platinum certifications by ARIA
(the Australian Record Industry Association) giving Kasey total
album sales to date of more than 750,000.
Kasey and her band hit the road in mid July for an extensive tour
through both capital cities and regional towns (see Who's On Tour
To celebrate the launch of Wayward Angel Kasey will be taking part
in an exclusive webchat with ninemsn.com next Monday (June 14) and
will be appearing on Rove on the TEN Network the following night
Fans of Kasey should also stay tuned to MAX (Foxtel/Austar) in early
August to see a live and intimate performance filmed at the Sydney
Opera House. The first episode of the Max Sessions: Australian
Collection will feature Kasey and her band performing songs from
Wayward Angel as well as some classics.
Sinatra has recorded a version of Kasey's hit song Barricades &
Brickwalls with Lee Hazelwood.
- "Nancy & Lee 3"
This was co-written by Kasey and her dad Bill Chambers
- Kasey and Kevin Welch
- Kasey with Jeff McCormack
Kasey Chambers Named CMA's Global Country Artist
Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers has been awarded the 2004 Global
Country Artist Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville.
Chambers' music video "Not Pretty Enough" received significant airplay on CMT
in 2002, and she is a multi-platinum act in Australia with her two albums, The
Captain and Barricades & Brickwalls. The CMA also recognized the
accomplishments of two fellow Australians, country music advocate Meryl Gross
and longtime country star Slim Dusty, with international awards.
KASEY CHAMBERS has taken out the 2003 Country Australian Live Music Award
announced in Adelaide on Friday night.
Kasey Chambers and Carter & Carter
top country music entertainers for 2003
Kasey Chambers and Carter & Carter
have been named Australiašs top entertainers at this yearšs Australian
Country Music Achiever Awards in Sydney.
In a repeat of last yearšs presentations, Kasey was named
Toyota Entertainer of the Year for the second year running,
- CMAA SALUTES KASEY CHAMBERS
- The Country Music Association of Australia, the nation's peak country
music industry body, has paid tribute to the achievements of Kasey
Chambers, one of its newest and brightest stars.
Last week, Kasey won three APRA Music Awards, which,
together with other awards over the last few years, give her a tally of
more achievements than most artists gain in a lifetime.
Kasey dominated the APRA Awards with her song Not Pretty Enough
which won three... Song of the Year (considered the top honour), Most
Performed Australian Work and Most Performed Country Work. She now has
five APRA awards, more than any other female Australian artist.
In addition, Kasey has won four Golden Guitars and five ARIA Awards and
both of her albums have sold well over platinum status... The Captain
three times, Barricades & Brickwalls six times.
"These are remarkable achievements," said CMAA President John
Williamson. "Kasey is an amazing talent and wonderful songwriter and
deserves all the awards she has received for songwriting, recording and
performing in recent years.
"The CMAA salutes Kasey Chambers - a shining light for Australia both
here and overseas."
KASEY CHAMBERS 2003 APRA Music Awards
- Kasey's "Not Pretty Enough", won three
- Song of the Year (most prestigious)
- Most Performed Australian Work and Most Performed
- By winning five APRA awards, Kasey has now won more
than any other female Australian artist.
- Kasey sang Silverchair's "The Greatest View"
was also nominated for Song of the Year. Alex Lloyd (who wrote
last year's Song of the Year "Amazing") sang Kasey's "Not
- From Blues Festival Web Site 2003
- Suffice to say, we have a big-old soft
spot for Kasey Chambers! She was the darling of Bluesfest 2001 -
remember her performance with Emmylou Harris?(...gush!) and Bluesfest
2002 - eight months pregnant no less!
- And not only is she a new Mum but she is
also now the holder of three shiny 2002 Aria Awards: Best Australian
Female Artist, Australian Album Of The Year and Best Australian
Country Album for Barricades & Brickwalls.
- It's turning out to be one of the most
captivating stories in Australian music history. The girl raised
beneath the remote sunsets of the Australian outback to the tunes of
Hank and Gram, takes her unique blend of country/folk/blues/rock/pop
to the world. With the help of her musically gifted family, she
shatters mainstream preconceptions of country music both at home and
in country music's American heartland. By blatantly defying the
stringency of commercial radio format and every imaginable industry
stereotype, she winds up simultaneously holding the #1 album and
single on the Australian mainstream charts. Welcome to the story of
Kasey Chambers. "I didn't set out with big dreams to ride the charts
or play to packed venues or anything like that. I thought even if I
just get to play my music in little pubs my whole life - I'll be
- Enough said! We will be welcoming the whole
Chambers Clan back for Kasey's fifth headline appearance at the 2003
OffersTwo New Songs
- Now on tour in the United
States, Australian country star Kasey Chambers ("Not Pretty
Enough") offered two new songs to a Nashville audience on Thursday
(Feb. 13 2003). Presumably titled "You're Still Gone" and "When
I Grow Up," Chambers also brought out singer-songwriter Matthew Ryan
to harmonize with her on "A Million Tears." Ryan, who lives in
Nashville, also appears on Chambers' most recent album Barricades &
Brickwalls. Other highlights included a full-throttle cover of Lucinda
Williams' "I Changed the Locks
- Family reunion: Austin fans welcome Chambers back
- By John T. Davis
- Monday, February 10, 2003
It seemed like Family Night at La
Zona, thanks to Kasey Chambers, who played a sold-out show. Chambers, who grew
up in a family band in Australia, travels with an entourage that includes her
husband; her infant child; her dad, Bill (on guitar and vocals); her brother
(working the sound board) and her mother (selling her daughter's T-shirts and
The homey atmosphere seemed to spill
over to the audience, which included a large contingent of kids and
toddlers. As a demographic, Chambers' audience was a lot closer to the
crowd you'd find at Sesame Street Live than at Ozzfest. Chambers herself
worked with deft authority from a set list that embraced the high points of her
two U.S. albums, 2000's "The Captain" and the year-old
"Barricades and Brickwalls." Beginning with the second album's
title track, with its formidable tale of obsession ("I'll be damned if
you're not my man/ Before the sun goes down"), the evening eventually
yielded to the measured sadness of a solo version of Iris DeMent's "No Time
To Cry," which marked Chambers' surprise second encore.
The crowd was insistent on that
little lagniappe. Chambers is clearly beloved here, and from the way she
waxed rhapsodic over La Zona, radio station KGSR and Waterloo Records, it was
evident the feeling is reciprocal. During his short solo set at the
beginning of the evening, Bill Chambers debuted a song, "Dreaming 'Bout
Texas," written in the wake of the family's La Zona gig a year ago.
Austin has, after all, a proclivity
for embracing rootsy female singer-songwriters.
Comparisons to Lucinda Williams have
dogged Chambers, and songs like the bluesy, brooding "Runaway Train"
help underscore the similarities (as did Chambers' Xerox-perfect cover of
Lucinda's "Change the Locks"). Williams lives in L.A. and Chambers
still resides Down Under -- talk about alt. country -- but it is clear that
Austin regards them both as temporarily misplaced homegirls.
Though she lacks much in the way of
showbiz dynamics (as a reviewer once noted of Willie Nelson, Chambers seems
eternally in search of a comfortable place to stand onstage), she has an
embracing persona and a good sense of pacing. Every time during her 15-song set
when things would threaten to go treacly (after a just-the-family version of
Townes Van Zandt's 'If I Needed You," for example), Dad would strap on a
Les Paul guitar and wake up the drummer, or Kasey would launch into an insanely
catchy signature song, such as "If I Were You."
Chambers was preceded onstage by
Robinella Contreras and her Memphis-based Ccstringband (that was Robinella's dad
in the back, selling her indie CD). Mixing jazz (and even some scat singing),
bluegrass and string band country into a frothy whole, the group passed an
agreeable 45 minutes or so. Their musical hybrids likely seem more
striking in cities that don't already boast Toni Price as a resident
- Congratulations! to Nash Chambers and
his partner Veronica as they have had a baby boy named
- Report from Carol Young in Austin Texas
- (Part of Carol's email)
- In case you were wondering, yes, Kasey is the
Queen of Austin, not a person in town doesn't know of Kasey and her dad Bill, they just love em here.
- Congratulations! Kasey winning the Country Album, Best Female Artist and Album of the Year
"Barricades & Brickwalls"
at the 2003 ARIA Awards.
Kasey had 6 nominations and also
- Kasey's "Behind The
Barricades" DVD release date 14th October 2003- EMI Music
- This DVD is a fascinating look
into her life and the spectacular way her solo career developed.
- Country ARIA Finalists
- ARIA (The Ausralian Record Industry
Association) 2003 award finalist have been announced and Kasey Chambers
has 6 nominations and will also perform at the awards on 15th
- Not Pretty Enough
- Single of the Year
- Highest selling single of the Year
- Barricades and Brick Walls
- Best Female Artist
- Country Album Award,
- Album of the Year
- Highest selling Album of the
- EMI MUSIC will release Kasey Chambers'
first DVD Behind The Barricades on October 14 2003.
- Kasey and Co. help Kaleb's wish
- Dream come true....Kaleb French meets Kasey
Chambers at Ettalong Beach Memorial Club
- Kaleb French and his family will fly out to
Disneyland next Wednesday thanks to Country Music stars and a community
dedicated to helping a boy with cancer realise his dream
- Report on Concert
- IT WAS THE GREATEST CONCERT I HAVE SEEN...
Kasey's boyfriend had there baby Talon dancing on the speakers...
Becky had her son there... Gina was well and truly pregnant and this was
the first time she had sung in public for sometime.. as she had promised
herself a year off.... but she was loving being on stage.. and the way she
was jumping round the stage I thought she would have the baby there and
- the warmth and love in that room that night..
was just something so special... A BRILLIANT NIGHT WAS HAD BY ALL!...
- Written by Teena (co-founder of The Keith Urban Fan Club)
Kasey appeared on Rove Live on Tuesday Night, very happy
with Cory and baby son, Talon who is so cute especially in his little red
boots. She revealed that one of her songs will be on Days of Our Lives and they also showed a photo from a magazine with Cory
kissing her very pregnant belly. Also they did a cross to Ronan
Keating and he wants Kasey to sing a duet with him.
- KASEYS' Barricades & Brickwalls has
been certified four times Platinum for sales now of more than 280,000.
Country APRA Awards
Great 26th birthday present (4th June) for
Kasey Chambers winning the APRA prestigious Songwriter of the Year title and
Gina Jeffreys was named winner of the Most Performed Country Work for Angel,
co-written with Rick Price and shared with publishers EMI Music Publishing
and Warner/Chappell Music Australia. The award for Most
Performed Foreign Work went to LeAnn Rimes' Can't Fight The Moonlight
written by leading American songwriter Diane Warren (EMI Music Publishing
Its a boy!
Kasey Chambers and partner Cori Hopper
are the proud parents of healthy baby boy Talon
Jordi 6lb.6oz on Wednesday 22nd
May. Congratulations to all. Cori is an actor from Perth who
moved to Sydney a few years ago, he has started making
short films and video clips for up and coming acts, he did a video clip
for Audrey Auld that won awards at the Quick
Flick Festival. They met through Kym Warner who is one of
Country music's finest mandolin and guitar players.
Kasey Chambers' terrific year of well deserved
achievements continues, scoring two nominations at the APRA Awards.
"On a Bad Day" and Runaway Train" both for Song of the
year. Fantastic. Her current hit "Not Pretty enough"
did not receive a nomination. The APRA Awards will be on
in Sydney on June 3rd. Kasey's album "Barricades &
Brickwalls' is Number 4 on the Australian Album chart and "Not Pretty
enough" is no. 10 on the Singles Chart.
"Barricades & Brick Walls" is
the # 1 album on the Americana Roots Chart. You'll always find a
link to the Americana chart on the front page of www.ClubNashville.com/americanachart
MELITA Hodge, formerly EMI's Label Manager, has been signed up by Nash and
Kasey Chambers. She will be Kasey's manager as well as
be involved in all aspects of Nash's production work with the new Essence label.
Kasey's second album, Barricades &
Brickwalls, has just passed the triple platinum mark for sales of more
Kasey is still number 1 with Barricades and Brickwalls on the Album
Charts and No 1 on the Single charts with Not Pretty Enough.. Kasey is the first Australian Country Artist to have the Number one position
on Single and Album Charts.
a huge week for Kasey Chambers with her first top 5 single and now her
very first #1 ARIAnet album – Barricades and Brickwalls.
The last Aussie country artist to do this was John
Williamson with Warragul back in October ' 89
Kasey had to leave the stage
- Kasey is on her way back to Australia after collapsing
on stage in the U.S. last night during a performance. The mother to be is
doing fine, co-incidentally there were 2 doctors in the audience (one from
Adelaide!) so they looked at her straight away.
- Kasey Chambers was on her fourth number at Bimbo's in
San Francisco on (Wednesday) when she leaned into her father and her
legs gave way. She was helped off the stage and couldn't return.
Kasey is six months pregnant and Bill Chambers told the crowd that
she'd been doing real well on the tour but had "felt crook"
earlier in the evening.
- "#1 US BILLBOARD TOP NEW
ARTIST / HEAT SEEKERS ALBUM CHART DEBUT February 21, 2002
On the last legs of her U.S tour to promote the album
release, Kasey & Nash called last night to deliver the fantastic news
that Kasey's album has come in at the top spot on the 'Heat Seekers'
Billboard Artist Chart. With a Gold selling Top 10
single back here at home with Not Pretty Enough and the album still firmly
sitting at #5 in the charts, Kasey's star continues to shine."
This is absolutely wonderful for our Aussie Sweetheart
- Kasey Chambers, Fred Eaglesmith and Audrey Auld
- Photo Courtesy of Bob Dickie
- RED DESERT SKY: THE AMAZING ADVENTURES
OF THE CHAMBERS
- by John Lomax III
- Please find below some information on a new
book about Dead Ringer Band,
Books will hit stores in Australia from 27 September - to purchase, please
go to your local Australian or New Zealand bookseller, or check out
All best wishes, Rachel
RED DESERT SKY:
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF THE CHAMBERS FAMILY
by John Lomax III
(Allen & Unwin 5 October 2001 rrp $24.95 pb inc GST ISBN 1865084255)
In RED DESERT SKY, the Chambers family - Bill, Diane, Nash and Kasey -
their extraordinary tale of family survival, life on the Nullarbor and
remarkable success as country and western group, Dead Ringer Band.
In 1976, hoping to earn a living hunting foxes, Bill and Diane Chambers
their two year-old son Nash and newborn daughter Kasey into the Nullarbor.
The four Chambers lived there for ten years before returning to -
civilisation - full-time. In 1986, Bill and Diane re-launched musical
careers, performing as a duo in pubs, with Kasey, then Nash joining to
a group soon dubbed Dead Ringer Band. By 1992, they had become musicians
full-time, playing nationally to big city music lovers as well as rural
During the '90s Dead Ringer Band members released seven CD's and
collectively earned two ARIA's, five MO Awards and seven Gold Guitars at
Tamworth. In May of 1999, lead singer Kasey Chambers stepped out as a solo
artist, issuing The Captain, now certified for double-platinum sales. She
was winner of Best Female Artist at 2000 ARIA Awards.
JOHN LOMAX III is a freelance writer, providing features and columns to
publications in Australia and overseas, and the author of Nashville: Music
City USA. He has almost 30 years experience in the music industry,
the manager of Dead Ringer Band and of Kasey Chambers. He lives in
Allen & Unwin Book Publishers
83 Alexander Street
Crows Nest NSW 2065
PO Box 8500
St Leonards NSW 1590
Tel: +61 2 8425 0100
Fax: +61 2 9966 0065
Kasey in USA
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DEAD RINGER BOOK SET FOR
Courtesy of CMAA
THE AUTHORISED biography
of the Dead Ringer Band--Red Desert Sky--is set for release this October.
Written by John Lomax III,
who has been associated with the band and the Chambers family since 1996,
and published by Allen & Unwin Ltd, Red Desert Sky tells a story which
starts from the time Bill and Diane Chambers ancestors arrived in
Australia during the 1840s, right up to events happening last May.
Sub-titled The Amazing
Adventures of the Chambers Family, the book is capped with daughter
Kasey's rise to mainstream stardom and the release of her debut album in
the United States and Europe.
In 1976, hoping to earn a
living hunting foxes, Bill and Diane Chambers took their two-year-old son
Nash and newborn daughter Kasey into the Nullarbor. Here, the
book's cover notes say, the four Chambers lived for much of the next 10
years amid snakes, dingos and feral cats, camping in a different spot on
the parched Plain after each night's hunting. "Gathering
their supplies from the Indian Pacific Tea & Sugar Train, the family
endured seven to eight months annually on the Nullarbor, relocating to a
small fishing village during the hottest months.
"After returning to
'civilisation' permanently in 1986, Bill and Diane re-launched their
musical careers, performing as a duo in pubs with Kasey then Nash joining
to form a group soon dubbed Dead Ringer Band. By 1992,
they had become musicians full-time, pulling a small trailer behind their
four-wheel drive and playing nationally, to big city music lovers as well
as rural and outback audiences.
- "During the 1990s, Dead
Ringer Band members released seven CDs and collectively earned two ARIA
Awards, five Mo Awards and seven Golden Guitars at Tamworth. In May of 1999,
lead singer Kasey Chambers stepped out as a solo artist, issuing The
Captain, now certified for double-platinum sales and subsequently
released in Europe and the US. Nash produced The Captain as well as
Barricades & Brick Walls, Kasey's second solo album (due for release
- "Red Desert Sky is
a remarkable story about four courageous, determined Australians whose give
it a go philosophy has brought them worldwide acclaim."
- Single - Runaway Train in
stores - 13 August in Australia
- Album - Barricades &
Brickwalls - 3rd September in Australia
- Atlanta Georgia pictures of Kasey.
Ed White and Sherrod Baden
Kasey Chambers gets under the skin
Hollywood, Cal., The Roxy, March 22, 2001
By Dan MacIntosh
HOLLYWOOD, CA - Southern California alt.-country music fans are
probably more convinced now than ever that Australians can (should?) teach
Americans a few things about making real country music. Especially, after
hearing the bright young voice of Kasey Chambers, who matched inspired cover
songs with equally inspiring originals for a fully satisfying concert
Although she apologized for it, many of her originals, such as "Cry Like
A Baby" and "Don't Talk Back," are infused with an overriding
sadness about them. But her perky between song introductions never failed to
offset these depressing tunes, and insured that this night would not become a
With that said, it should come as no great surprise, then, that Iris Dement
is a big influence on Chambers. She chose Dement's "No Time To Cry" as
one of her encores and sang it ever so slowly and painfully, with only her
The evening's other Dement-related selection was a duet with her bass player
on the slightly naughty "In Spite Of Ourselves," which John Prine
wrote and recorded as a duet with Dement.
You never knew what Chambers was going to pull out of her bag, as she sang a
jumping "Cow Cow Boogie," in addition to covers of both Woody Guthrie
and Lucinda Williams songs.
Chambers' best compositions came at the end when she sang the desperate
"Don't Talk Back" and the devoted "The Captain." What she
lacked in originality in her lyrics, she more than made up for with focused
singing and natural charm. One suspects that more mature writing will more than
likely come with age.
Her four-piece band was perfectly synchronized to her singing, and this was
probably due in part to having her dad - who originally introduced Chambers to
hardcore country music - playing guitar with her. Her brother, who chipped in on
bass for one song, also ran the sound, making this truly a family affair.
You were only reminded of Chambers' national origins when she spoke, because
whenever she was singing, this bright young talent sounded about as pure as
country gets as she skilfully got down under your skin.
Jeffrey B. Remz, Editor & Publisher
- Kasey Chambers at Variety
- Kasey's Name in Lights in America
- Mandy Barnett
- Information supplied by Mike D'Arcy and photos taken by Ed White and
- Kasey played the Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, Georgia,
as the main support act to Mandy Barnett, with Paul Thorn as the other act.
- Their is a book on the lives of the Chambers Family called "Red Desert Sky". This
is a story about their life on the Nullarbor Plain and how the
"Dead Ringer Band" rose to the top of Country Music in Australia. The
story would make a great movie script, (imagine the sound track).