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Bill Chambers


Sat 14 Aug 2010, 8:00pm

Where: Kings Arms, 59 France St, Newton, Auckland

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Price: $20.00
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With special guest Matt Joe Gow & Donna Dean!

Bill Chambers' heartfelt songwriting, gravelly vocals, brilliant musicianship & down-to-earth manner leave no doubt as to why he is one of Australia's most talented & well-known musicians. Apart from his work with the Kasey Chambers Band, Bill pursues a solo career.

Bill Chambers' 3rd album ‘Drifting South’ flows like a lazy old river through the ancient hills of time. From the Celtic mood of ‘Diesel and Driftwood’, salty tales from the Southern Ocean and the Johnny Cash inspired ‘Tasmania’, this album leaves no doubt Bill has lived the songs he’s singing. With a growling voice that owes a substantial debt to both Bob Dylan and John Prine, his live shows are flavoured with delicate picking on dobro or mandolin then he’ll rock like a demon on lap steel or slide guitar.

Father of Kasey Chambers Bill says ‘I still play in Kasey's band when she tours but lately I’ve been exploring my roots and thinking about the tiny fishing village where I was born and raised in southern South Australia. These songs reflect my childhood and family, while the music is an extension of various styles; folk, country and rock that I’ve listened to all my life’.

Kim Cheshire from Country Update described the album's tone as ‘Windswept and sun bleached while the tempos chug along like an old fishing boat…. Truth is there’s not a bad song or performance here and Chambers' voice is like the effect of salty water on wood, it only gets more appealing the more it gets worn down, weathered and tossed by the tides’.

Bill, father of Kasey 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 remembers Bill. I'm entirely self taught, guess that's why I sound like I do. 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, Becky Willis (co-produced with Kasey) and the Dead Ringer Band, Bill has still found time to write most of the songs for both his albums. The Aria nominated Sleeping With The Blues and his recent Frozen Ground. My new album is on Nash's label Essence through EMI. They've put so much into promoting it, it's up to me now to get out on the road and perform the songs; actually that's what I love the best. I still play in Kaseys 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. The Courier Mail described Frozen Ground as a rough diamond of an album, honest and uncontrived giving it a four star review. It covers different styles from classic country to blues, rock and points in between.

Come & see Bill live for what might be an alt-country lover's most enjoyable night of the year!

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