RELEASING her newest album Dragonfly in the US saw Kasey Chambers cross the pond "more than ever” in 2017.
Her fifth number one album 'Dragonfly' was released in January in Australia and in the US in June. After seven weeks of touring in the US the singer-songwriter announced the final tour dates for her Dragonfly Spring Tour which include shows in Gladstone, Rockhampton, Mackay and Townsville.
Although she loved the US she was happy to be home and to be able to spend some quality time with her family before touring in Australia.
"I am so happy to be home,” she said. "I am happy to be a normal mum before I go back out on the road.
"I am always keen to tour but it has been really nice to catch up on normal school mum stuff.”
Chambers has been presenting her home-made cooking skills on social media and said she enjoyed spending a day baking and cooking to relax.
"Baking is my meditation and my daughter loves helping,” she said.
"I have been on the road so much this year so I smashed out as much cooking as I could.
"I try and eat as healthy as I can but sometimes we are running late from swimming and footy training and I can't be bothered cooking so we go to MacDonald's as well.
"I am not trying to be super mum.”
Most of her life and career, Kasey Chambers has been playing in regional areas and small towns and she said the best gigs were often in small towns.
"It has been a little while since we have toured up in North Queensland and I am looking forward to it,” she said.
"Technically we are doing the dragonfly tour but it will also be old songs from Barricades and Brickwalls and so forth.
"It is going to be fun.”
"Most of my life has been taken up playing in regional areas and it is most of my career.”
"As an international artist you have to come out and play the major cities to make it pay but they are missing out on the best towns.
"Often they are the best gigs.”
"Even when I go on holidays and I take my kids on a trip I stay in a little beach town up the coast in a Caravan Park or I go to the outback and stay in little towns,” she said.
The passion for music is continuing in the family as son Arlo joined her on the US Tour, when Chambers surprised him with the trip for his birthday.
"He got on stage with me every night, he is a good little tourer,” she said. The tour bus in the US was the best part of the tour, as everyone lived together travelling the country enjoying each others company.
"He is my middle child and he definitely has middle child syndrome and is always reminding me that both of the other kids have been to America with me,” she said.
"I surprised him with a trip for his birthday and he loved it. He loves being on a tour bus. We don't have a tour bus here in Australia and you live on the bus, I did not sleep in a hotel room for the whole seven week tour.
"We are all living together and he got on stage with me every night, he is a good little tourer. I think out of all of my kids he is the one who is the most disciplined musically. He is really into music.
"As a family we listen to the same style of music but we all listen to Eminem and Ed Sheeran and Bob Dylan.
"Every now and then I have to draw the line when they want to listen to Gangnam Style again.
Working with Ed Sheeran on her latest single 'Satellite' came easier than she thought and she said she was stoked when he agreed.
"He is the loveliest guy,” she said about Ed Sheeran.
"He is so easy going.
"When I first wrote the song 'Satellite' with Harry Hookey we joked about it.
"We were talking about what voice would sound best on the harmony on the song and we joked about Ed Sheeran cause it's the perfect voice.
"I wrote the song a couple of years ago and I didn't even think about whether it would make it on the record or not but I always liked it.
"And I never write happy songs and I finally wrote a happy song.”
Chambers was not sure if it was a "bullet proof” method but maybe having a joke about who to have on the song every time when writing it would be an idea.
While she has started writing a few new songs that may make it on the next record, she is concentrating on the shows at the moment.
"I never quite know what I am going to do next,” she said.
"I feel like something will give me a sign as to what direction I should go and I like to trust in that to a certain extent.”
"I also like to work towards stuff and make it happen but I do I like to wait and see which way the wind blows you.”
KASEY CHAMBERS - 'DRAGONFLY' SPRING TOUR 2017
Pre-sale tickets Monday, August 7 - August 10
General tickets on sale Friday, August 11 at 9am (EST)
See http://www.kaseychambers.com for full ticket details
- Sunday 20 August - THE GULF COUNTRY FRONTIER DAYS FESTIVAL, QLD
- Thursday 28 September - CESSNOCK PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, NSW
- Friday 29 September - CLUB MAITLAND CITY, NSW
- Saturday 30 September - WESTS NEW LAMBTON, NEWCASTLE, NSW
- Saturday 14 October - AKOOSTIK MUSIC FESTIVAL, WINGHAM, NSW
- Sunday 29 October - GLADSTONE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, QLD
- Tuesday 31 October - PILBEAM THEATRE, ROCKHAMPTON, QLD
- Wednesday 1 November - FARVIEW TAVERN, MACKAY, QLD
- Thursday 2 November - TOWNSVILLE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, QLD
- Friday 3 November - TANKS ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS, QLD
- Wednesday 22 November - HORSHAM TOWN HALL, VIC
- Thursday 23 November - WANGARATTA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, VIC
- Friday 24 November - LATROBE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, TRARALGON, VIC
- Saturday 25 November - YORK ON LILYDALE, MOUNT EVELYN, VIC
- Sunday 26 November - GRAND HOTEL MORNINGTON, VIC
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