June 4: Kasey Chambers sings Bob Dylan – Happy 40th Birthday Kasey!


“To anyone who thinks Bob Dylan can’t sing……………..listen to ‘Corrina Corrina’…….
………….and PS-you’re a dickhead.”
– Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers (born 4 June 1976) is an Australian country singer-songwriter. She is the daughter of singer and musician Bill Chambers, and the sister of musician and producer Nash Chambers.

Chambers was born in Mount Gambier, South Australia. She has an older brother, Nash Chambers. She grew up on the Nullarbor Plain and the tiny fishing village in Beachport, South Australia. Her family owned the local Fish and Chip shop for a time and were playing and touring with her family band, “The Dead Ringer Band” which included her father Billy Chambers a Golden Guitar Award songwriter and Nash Chambers, now a well known music producer and performer. “The Dead Ringer Band” continued to tour locally and interstate gaining support and popularity along the way.

She has released many great albums, alone and with other artists.

This is an absolute gem of a performance by the brilliant Kasey Chambers singing One Too Many Mornings/Mr. Tambourine Man. Also on stage is Bill Chambers on the Dobro Guitar, Shane Nicholson on Guitar and Trent Crawford on the Mandolin:

And here is a fine version of Wagon Wheel, at least the origins stems from a Dylan demo.

Chambers recorded her solo album The Captain on Norfolk Island over a few weeks in late 1998 with Nash Chambers producing the album and Bill Chambers on guitar. US country musiciansBuddy Miller and Julie Miller added guitars and vocals to four tracks. The Captain was released in 1999 in Australia and in 2000 in the US. Chambers won the 1999 ARIA Award for “Best Country Album” for The Captain and a year later she would win “Best Female Artist”. The strong word of mouth would eventually lead to The Captain going double platinum in Australia. The Captain would eventually reach the top 50 of the Billboard country albums in 2001 with Chambers touring the US as support act to Lucinda Williams. Subsequently, she supported Emmylou Harris on her Australian tour. Chambers would receive further exposure when “The Captain” was played on episode 8 of the third season of HBO’s The Sopranos titled “He Is Risen”.

Chambers’ second album Barricades & Brickwalls was released in late 2001 debuting at No. 4 in the ARIA album charts. The record really took off in early 2002 with lead single “Not Pretty Enough” going to No. 1 on the ARIA singles charts. Chambers became the only Australian country artist to have a No. 1 single and album on the charts in that country simultaneously. Subsequent singles “Million Tears” and “If I Were You” also made the Australian Top 40 singles charts in 2002.

– Hallgeir