SINGER-SONGWRITER: Catherine Britt.
SINGER-SONGWRITER: Catherine Britt. Contributed

Catherine Britt, Bill Chambers to play Casino

BONESHAKER is Catherine Britt's latest album.

Released last Friday, May 1, Britt is supporting the album with a tour that will bring her to Casino.

Released through Lost Highway Australia / Universal Music, the 11-track alt-country album features a duet with legendary troubadour Steve Earle.

Production was completed by Seattle producer Ryan Hadlock (the Strokes, Vance Joy, the Lumineers).

Recorded at Hadlock's Beer Creek Studio in Seattle, the new producer and country atmosphere perfectly suited the folk flavours Britt was looking to capture on the new album.

"We made it in a back woods barn, on a farm, so it was still really country," she said.

"Ryan was very involved, very passionate about it.

"He really cared. He suggested musicians; we were on the same page about everything."

While most of the album is penned by Britt, she also throws up a few writing collaborations with Felicity Urquhart, Melanie Horsnell and, on the lead track Boneshaker, Tony Buchen (Bob Evans, Megan Washington).

 

Bill Chambers

THERE'S much more to Bill Chambers than just being Kasey's dad.

The patriarch of the Chambers clan is considered by some to be Australia's premier alt-country guitarist.

He can be a master of delicate picking on Dobro or Lap Steel and a demon on Slide.

Along with producing albums for the likes of Catherine Britt, Audrey Auld, Bec Willis (co-produced with Kasey) and the Dead Ringer Band, Bill has still found time to write most of the songs on his albums, like the ARIA nominated Sleeping With The Blues, Frozen Ground and his most recent, Drifting South.

Bill Chambers is one of those growling singers who owes a substantial debt to both Bob Dylan and John Prine.

Perhaps it's a result of those early weathered years he spent roughing it in the outback with his family.

"My kids Nash and Kasey grew up listening only to the music I played on cassettes or on my guitar around the campfire. Songs of Hank Williams, the Carter Family, Johnny Cash, Jackson Browne and John Prine," Bill said.

"I'm entirely self taught.

"I guess that's why I sound like I do."

"What I love the best is to get out on the road and perform the songs. I still play in Kasey's band when she's on the road and the gigs take us all over the world.

"That's where I get many of the stories for my songs."

Bill recently recorded his first DVD: Live At The Pub, Tamworth, reliving the great atmosphere that his Tamworth sessions have become famous for.

The DVD showcases Bill's best original songs, his large collection of guitars and guest appearances by the likes of Shane Nicholson, Kevin Bennett and Kasey Chambers.

At the Casino RSM Club this Saturday from 7pm, supporting Catherine Britt.

 

At the Casino RSM Club this Saturday from 7pm.