Fifteen years after the U.S. release of her award-winning solo debut, The Captain, Australian singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers will issue Bittersweet, her tenth studio album and first solo record since 2010’s Little Bird. Produced by Nick DiDia, known for his work with Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the Wallflowers, Chambers’ LP will be released July 24th via the Rounder Label Group. First available in Chambers’ native land last summer, the LP reached Number Two on Australia’s ARIA Music Chart.
With a gritty, expressive vocal style that reflects both the beauty and the challenges of her South Australia upbringing, much of it spent on the sparsely populated Nullarbor Plain, Chambers first came to musical prominence with her family’s Dead Ringer Band, alongside her parents and older brother Nash Chambers. Since then, Nash has managed his sister and produced all of her albums, racking up sales of 1.2 million albums in Australia alone. (American music fans — and TV viewers — may recognize Chambers’ songs “The Captain” and “The Hard Way,” from her debut LP, for their inclusion in episodes of The Sopranos and Lost, respectively.)
Bittersweet, however, marks the first album not produced with Nash. “I wanted to have an experience making a record that I had never had before,” Chambers said in a statement of her decision to make a producer change. “I wanted to challenge myself and I wanted to be excited.”
The album, which continues Chambers’ exploration of hard-edged alt-country rock in the tradition of such Americana stalwarts as Lucinda Williams and Buddy Miller, was recorded in just seven days in April 2014. In Australia, the LP has already garnered critical acclaim and earned Country Album of the Year honors at the 2014 ARIAs. The record also won the Country Music Golden Guitar Awards for Album of the Year and Single of the Year for “Bittersweet,” her collaboration with fellow Aussie musician Bernard Fanning.
To support the U.S. release of Bittersweet, Chambers will embark on a two-week tour, kicking off July 29th in San Francisco. She’ll also make stops in Nashville, Atlanta, Boston and New York City. Here’s her full tour itinerary.
July 29 — San Francisco, the Chapel
July 31 — Portland, Oregon, Aladdin Theater
August 1 — Seattle, Tractor Tavern
August 4 — Nashville, City Winery
August 5 — Atlanta, Variety Playhouse
August 6 —Alexandria, Virginia, the Birchmere
August 7 — New York City, City Winery
August 8 — New York City, Americana Music Association at Lincoln Center
August 9 — Boston, the Sinclair
August 11 — Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Ark
August 12 — Evanston, Illinois, Space
August 13 — Minneapolis, Cedar Cultural Center
August 14 — Lyon, Colorado, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
August 15 — Los Angeles, El Rey Theatre