Thursday 18 October 2012
It’s been almost five years since Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson released the #1 platinum album Rattlin’ Bones in 2008. It was the first time the pair joined forces as co-writers, and it ultimately won them a host of ARIA, APRA and Golden Guitar Awards. Now, tempting fate and again testing the marriage they return with their second collaborative album, Wreck & Ruin.
They began writing Wreck & Ruin in March this year. The couple took short breaks to a small cabin at the foothills of the Hunter Valley to switch off from daily routines and focus on writing.
Ruled by a busy home life, established music careers, hectic tour schedules and Nicholson’s work as a producer it was a perfect way for them to disassociate from the pressures of every day and focus on their artistic needs.
Wreck & Ruin was recorded in eight days at Foggy Mountain, and the 13-track album captures each of the various elements of Kasey and Shane’s love for music – from roots to gospel, bluegrass to folk, but always country to the core. “We have a passion for music, particularly country music, that is in many ways ‘traditional’ but not always ‘conventional’.”
With 12 albums between them, and countless road miles under their wheels, Chambers and Nicholson have together created their own niche and own voice in a musical territory that is more than familiar to them.
Listen back to Acid Country with David Heard for a live set from Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson.