Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples (from the album Campfire)
Three of her favorite musicians back Kasey Chambers as the Fireside Disciples, her dad, Bill Campbell, Alan Pigram (The Pigram Brothers), and Brandon Dodd, who has been part of Kasey’s band for the past three years. The recent release from Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples, Campfire, sees the Australian musician tagging her own history for the album title, providing the story as ‘I grew up in the remote outback of Australia living a unique lifestyle isolated from civilization. The campfire was the heart of our existence: for survival, creativity, inspiration. We hunted all our own food and then cooked it on the campfire. My brother and I did all our schooling via correspondence around the campfire. We used the campfire for warmth and light. We gathered around the campfire at night to play songs together as a family. Our connection to music and the land has developed through and around the campfire since I was born, so it has always stayed with me as a special part of my life’.
Counting into a waltz, Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples play a tune for the title theme with “Campfire Songs”, Kasey dueting with Disciple Alan Pigram while Emmylou Harris joins the quartet on “The Harvest and the Seed”. Campfire softly sings of lost salvation, petitioning to “Abraham” for spiritual assistance, Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples relying on vocal harmony for “Go on Your Way” as they toss out a percussive line for “Big Fish”, wrap “Orphan Heart” in a tangle of notes, and fan the flames of “Goliath is Dead” with persistent strumming. Album number twelve for Kasey Chambers, Campfire fulfills a longtime dream for the musician, allowing her to musically connect areas of the globe that have been her strongest influences….Australia, Africa, Norfolk Island, and America. She feels that ‘all these four places have had a significant impact on shaping who I am both musically and personally. From my early years of my family drawing from the Aboriginal way of life in the outback of Australia to experiencing the African culture and immediately connecting with it, living the seaside lifestyle in Southend, South Australia and later on, my time living on Norfolk Island to then many years of touring throughout America and being inspired by their musical culture, I have taken all of those experiences and put them into the songs and sounds for Campfire’. Dialogue from the sessions leads into tracks on Campfire, the chatter giving an intimacy to the album as Kasey Chambers and the Fireside Disciples pick out a tune for “Junkyard Man”, strum a dark melody to match the moods of “Now That You’ve Gone”, and hush to liken love to an “Early Grave”.
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