Kasey Chambers returns to 'inspirational' town

Country singer Kasey chambers will visit Esperance on Friday, May 5 as part of her 2017 Dragonfly tour. Photo: Supplied.

Country singer Kasey chambers will visit Esperance on Friday, May 5 as part of her 2017 Dragonfly tour. Photo: Supplied.

As part of her national tour, Australian country music icon Kasey Chambers will return to Esperance, a town which has provided inspiration for her songwriting.

Having often visited the coastal town with her family band, Ms Chambers said she had written songs for her first album, The Captain, while she was here.

“I actually have a song on my first album that I wrote in Esperance, a song called These Pines,” she said.

“I was living on Norfolk Island at the time actually but I was touring in WA.

“I was sitting there in Esperance and I was looking out at all the Norfolk pines that run across the beach there, across the foreshore.

“I was thinking about Norfolk Island because I was missing this boy, who was the captain.

“I sat there and I wrote These Pines and then I also wrote another song that’s from that same album called This Flower, in that town, in Esperance.

“So it’s a very inspirational little town.”

Ahead of her show next month, Ms Chambers reminisced on her childhood memories of visiting the region with her family.

“It is a place that I just love to come to and I’m looking forward to coming back,” she said.

“We used to tour there a lot with... my family band, the Dead Ringer Band.

“From many, many years ago, before I brought out The Captain, we used to play there.

“I spent half my childhood living on the Nullarbor Plain, so you know, crossing over to WA was a lot of my childhood as well.”

Ms Chambers said she loved touring regional towns for the chance to talk to locals and see the “real Australia.”

“It’s more important to me to be honest, I’ve always toured regional areas a lot more than most bands,” she said.

“To be honest, I put a lot of the success of my career down to that.

She said there was more to Australia than just the capital cities and the east coast of the country.

“I think a lot of time that’s what people concentrate on, but I think they’re missing out,” she said.

“Sometimes you miss out on the real Australia, what Australia is really made up of.

“People are more open to sharing stories and they’re not all in quite as much of a hurry.

“I live on the east coast as well, don’t get me wrong, I love it.

“I feel lucky I’ve got the best job in the world, that I actually get to visit all those places and meet people.

“People are more open to sharing stories and they’re not all in quite as much of a hurry.”

As part of the national tour, songs from her recent 11th studio album, Dragonfly, will be mixed in with her classic hits.

“I will be playing some of the new songs, mostly old songs,” she said.

“We’ll go back and play The Captain, Not Pretty Enough, all of them.

“I hope when people go away from my show is that they feel like they know me better as a person, not as a singer-songwriter.

“I mean, you can buy the album and figure out who I am as a singer-songwriter

“But if you come to the gig live you’ll get a sense of who I am

“Not just who I am, who my dad is, who’s in the band, he has a lot to do with the band.

“You get a sense of who we are rather than just a sense of how we sound.”

Kasey Chambers will perform at the Esperance Civic Centre on, Friday, May 5 at 7pm.

The Dragonfly tour started on April 6 and includes capital cities and regional towns throughout Tasmania, Victoria and WA.