(Nashville, TN) — May 26, 2015 — Kasey Chambers, the singer, songwriter and storyteller from Australia will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet, on July 24 in the US. Produced by Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers) at Studios 301 in Byron Bay, Australia, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey.
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 yielded sales of 1.2 million albums in Australia alone, Chambers says, “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 flugelhorn 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 2014.
The song “Wheelbarrow” was written and performed with Ashleigh Dallas—who has been a key part of Kasey’s live sound over the past few years. “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 sauntering layers of Dan Kelly’s over-driven guitar—thick, sweet and dirty.
More so than ever before, Kasey Chambers is writing like a true storyteller. While title track “Bittersweet” harks back to the ballsy, alternative country rock that flavored 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 two Americana Music Awards.
Previously released in Australia, Bittersweet has already garnered critical acclaim with The Sunday Herald Sun in Sydney proclaiming, “For her first solo album since 2010’s Little Bird, Chambers has nailed it. 4 Stars." Bittersweet also took home the Country Album of the Year award at 2014 ARIAs and won the Country Music Golden Guitar Awards for Album of the Year and Single of the Year for "Bittersweet" with Bernard Fanning. To complement the worldwide release, Chambers has confirmed a US tour with stops in Nashville, Atlanta, Washington, DC, and two performances in New York City, including an appearance at Lincoln Center Out of Doors/Americanafest on August 8.
Bittersweet is available July 24 on Rounder Label Group.
1. Oh Grace
2. Is God Real
4. I Would Do
5. Hell Of A Way To Go
6. House On A Hill
8. Heaven Or Hell
10. Too Late To Save Me
11. Christmas Day
12. I'm Alive
US Tour Dates:
7/29/2015 The Chapel - San Francisco, CA
7/31/2015 Alladin Theater - Portland, OR
8/1/2015 Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
8/4/2015 City Winery Nashville - Nashville, TN
8/5/2015 Variety Playhouse - Atlanta, GA
8/6/2015 The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA
8/7/2015 City Winery New York - New York, NY
8/8/2015 Americana Music Association at Lincoln Center - New York, NY
8/9/2015 The Sinclair - Boston, MA
8/11/2015 The Ark - Ann Arbor, MI
8/12/2015 SPACE - Evanston, IL
8/13/2015 Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
8/14/2015 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival - Lyon, CO
8/15/2015 El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA