Kasey Chambers, the singer, songwriter and storyteller from Australia will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet 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 overdriven 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.