Chambers brings her Australia alt-country sound to The Ark


New music from Australia’s alt-country original Kasey Chambers will be on stage on June 23 at The Ark. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25.

Born in Mt Gambier in South Australia, Kasey grew up in a home environment where listening to and performing country and roots music was a way of life. It had to rub off and it did just as in later years, living on the Nullarbor Plain and travelling all over Australia with her family, the young Kasey got an education like no other.

She spent her childhood absorbing the music of Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash and other country greats loved by her parents. It was in the familys revered Dead Ringer Band with dad Bill, mother Di, and older brother Nash that ten-year-old Kasey got her first real taste of being on stage. By the time she was in her late teens she was fronting the band and writing some of the songs.

A change came in 1998 when Kasey, at the age of 22, travelled overseas on a rites-of-passage voyage of discovery. She came back ready to start her solo career.

The resulting album, “The Captain” (1999), remains one of the most extraordinary and lauded debuts by an Australian artist in any genre. Songs such as the title track, “Cry Like a Baby,” and “These Pines” boast a maturity beyond her years and a wealth of Americana-styled musical influences, yet the album has Australia and family at its core, ingredients that have been a staple of Kasey’s song-writing ever since then.

Marriage and family have slowed Kasey down only slightly, and she comes to Michigan with a superb new double album, “Dragonfly.”

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