Bill Chambers: Drifting South (Whitewater)

 |   |  1 min read

Bill Chambers: Tail Lights
Bill Chambers: Drifting South (Whitewater)

Bill Chambers -- quite apart from being the father of singer-songwriter Kasey and producer Nash -- is one of Australia's great singer-songwriters whose work just seems to be getting deeper and more resonant.

He is suitably road-grizzled these days and his work (just a reference point) sits somewhere between Paul Kelly, Kris Kristofferson and Greg Brown. Here he sings of "deisel and driftwood',  disappearing taillights as "Townes is singing of Lefty", Magnolia wind (by Guy Clark), Southend Rain, a lost-soul friend who was listening to Neil Young on the day he died ("there's no heart of gold in this world") and a Jesus on the dashboard.

You get the picture.

Kasey comes out from harmony singing for their excellent version of James McMurtry's Deckhand's Daughter, Jim Moginie of Midnight Oil is on guitars and Bill plays most things (various guitars, mandolin, harmonica) himself.

His accent may not have travelled far from Australia but these songs also refer to the great universal imagery of Americana (with a digression into Ireland on Dashboard Jesus written by Kasey's husband Shane Nicholson) -- yet images of the lost highway, wide open spaces, shorelines and fishing boats belong as much in the Big Country as they do in Texas.

Chambers' slightly weary vocals brings these lyrics to life (just as Guy Clark, Tom Russell and his other American peers do) and he also knows the value of kicking a little arse along the way (the swamp-rock of Drifting South).

Bill Chambers has lived the life and sings of it with conviction and credibility. He's a rare one --- and he plays in Auckland at the Thirsty Dog, Wednesday December 11.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Various Artists: Loop Select Mixtape (Loop)

Various Artists: Loop Select Mixtape (Loop)

Free music is always a good thing and the very fine people at Loop in Auckland have once again offered a free downlaod of a mixtape collection Here's the tracklisting: 01. Bottom Line... > Read more

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010 Robert Scott: Ends Run Together (Flying Nun)

BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2010 Robert Scott: Ends Run Together (Flying Nun)

The last time Robert Scott (of the Clean, the Bats and Magick Heads) appeared at Elsewhere it was for the cupboard cleanout of tapes which made up the lo-fi Tascam Hits. This collection of... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Savoy Brown: Voodoo Moon (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

Savoy Brown: Voodoo Moon (Ruf/Yellow Eye)

Many years ago Pete Frame would produce books of meticulously drawn family trees of rock bands. His Sabbath Bloody Sabbath tree filled two tightly written gatefold A5 pages and traced Black Sabbath... > Read more

BOB DYLAN'S LIKE A ROLLING STONE by GREIL MARCUS (2005): All things considered . . .

BOB DYLAN'S LIKE A ROLLING STONE by GREIL MARCUS (2005): All things considered . . .

When Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone snarled out of radios more than 40 years ago, its compelling sound grabbing the attention for the duration of its ground-breaking six minutes. Even today it is... > Read more