Kasey Chambers

Kasey Chambers

Danny Click

Thursday, March 9th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30 Advance/$35 Door

Ticket price includes a $4 facility fee.

Kasey Chambers
Kasey Chambers
"I wasn't interested in not sounding like me anymore" Kasey Chambers shrugs, wrapping her hands around her coffee cup—the same hands that have received 29 music awards and raised three children. The same hands that pulled crayfish spines from their knuckles on Australia's southern coast and hunted foxes under the Nullarbor's endless blue sky.

It's 1999 and Kasey Chambers is 23 years old. She's spent the last five years traversing the arteries of Australia, singing in a family band. They've performed to empty stools in deserted pubs and to dust-cloaked festival masses. They've slept in motels, in vans and on the road in the rain and snow. It's been a long road and she's been living and breathing music for the length of it. But as she's stepping into the studio to record her first solo album, 'The Captain', she still can't help feeling "naïve, a little bit scared and a little bit excited."

Fifteen years later, these feelings still linger.

"The new album was very much the same for me, because I didn't quite know where it was going to go" she admits. "I had to let go a bit. I'm not good at that." Now, in 2014, Kasey Chambers is preparing to release her 7th solo album, and enlisted the help of some local luminaries to pull the whole thing off.

Dan Kelly throws guitar in sparkling sheets and howling clouds over the entire record. Gentleman rock and roller Bernard Fanning—originally hired as a rhythm guitarist—reshapes his role to suit his explosive enthusiasm for the project. He transforms at will into guest vocalist and pianist. Matthew Englebrecht spreads his talents between bass and flugal horn, further enriching the album's breadth and contrast. On drums, Declan Kelly adopts a diffuse array of styles, from rolling Americana to sharp sprays of rock and roll. Along with brand new producer Nick DiDia (whose credits include Pearl Jam, The Wallflowers and Bruce Springsteen to name just a few) Kasey has made what she calls "a massive leap of faith."

But like all good country records, not everything's new. The low, haunted voice of Bill Chambers, Kasey's father and musical mentor, is wrapped lovingly over country gem 'House on a Hill', like a talisman from where it all began: their first family band, The Dead Ringer Band. Kasey and Bill's first collaboration.

It's 1992, and the phone's ringing. It's Slim Dusty. Bill Chambers doesn't believe him, or at least not right away. The song Bill wrote for Slim Dusty — 'Things Are Not The Same On The Land' — has been accepted by the man himself, a commendation that sends the Dead Ringer Band to Tamworth. But not content to just play and be awarded, they busk. The wandering public love it, and the Dead Ringer Band are subsequently booked to play to their biggest show yet— the Gympie Muster. Soon the swirling, fablesque mist surrounding this nomadic family band reaches the music industry. Months later the phone rings again. This time nobody answers, but a message is left on the answering machine. It's Tony Harlow, managing director of EMI.

Today, after years in the industry, Kasey is naïve no more. She's felt music as both aggressor and healer— grinding and cleansing like some pure, vicious coast. It demands a lot from its maker. But whenever she feels lost, Kasey takes it back to basics. This raw approach helped knit together the loose threads that became the Lost Dogs, a band that healed Kasey, and allowed her to rediscover her love of song.

"I'm doing the exact same thing right now with this album" she admits. "The same thing that Lost Dogs did for me…I think it's an ongoing thing…"

Now the music of Kasey Chambers seems buried in Australia's bones. Beyond accolades and album sales, there's something immutable about Kasey Chambers, something that makes her as vital to this land as the red rock where her music was born.

It's 1982, and Kasey and her brother Nash open the door to the family truck. A vehicle their Dad navigates through the Nullarbor by "compass and the stars." They turn on the tape deck. The crackled, mythic voices shimmering out of the speakers mesmerize them with their stories. Hank Williams, Gram Parsons, the Carter Family, Johnny Cash. All spinning stories of love and loss; of cowboys, harrowing escapes and rambling troubadours. Stories of life and death. They learn every word.

More so than ever before, Kasey Chambers is writing like a true storyteller. The unrequited, antiquated refrains of 'Oh Grace' are sung as a man yearning his one true love. Likewise the broken-hearted nostalgia of 'Bittersweet' captures the story of two old lovers from both sides. Even 'Stalker' sees Kasey shedding her skin and imagining prowling after the fictional Spencer Reid, the socially-awkward genius from Criminal Minds. "In the show, the characters really have no personal life…so I kept thinking 'how would I get the character Spencer Reid to notice me?...What crime am I willing to commit?'…"

But despite finding new ways to craft her stories, Kasey Chambers is still inimitably her. From the red dust of her nomadic childhood to the surf coast where she's raised her family, Kasey's always maintained that her records have been a testament to "who [she] was at the time". And her newest album is proof that she's unwilling to settle for anything less.

"I don't want to write songs based on what I think people want to hear from me. I hope that in the end, this is what they warm to."
Danny Click
Danny Click
Until a few years ago, Danny Click was one of Austin's best-kept secrets, a musician's musician who'd won the respect of some of alt-country's biggest names but hadn't yet found widespread recognition.

That changed when Click's latest CD, Life Is A Good Place, was released in April, 2011 and spent more than 12 consecutive months on the Country, pop, and Americana radio charts.

The first single, "Wait My Turn", reached #1 on Nashville's Indie World Country Chart, and the second single, "I Feel Good Today", topped out at #14 on the NMW national Country chart along side Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, where Click now resides, he's built a large and passionate fan base that includes musical greats Carlos Santana and Elvin Bishop, both of whom have joined him on stage for impromptu jams.

Click and his band The Hell Yeahs, featuring a round-robin roster of top-shelf musicians, have played more than 200 sold-out shows over the past two years, as well as opening for legends Taj Mahal, Cake, Robert Plant, Mavis Staples, Sonny Landreth and JJ Cale.

What's causing all the buzz? First, there's Click's sound - a refreshing return to smart, sassy blues-inflected country rock. Think Tom Petty crossed with Wilco, spiced with the southern tradition of Lucinda Williams and John Hiatt. Add to that Click's searing guitar, reminiscent of Stevie Ray and David Lindley, and you've got at least part of the picture.

Then there are Click's live shows; an anything-can-happen mix of stellar songwriting alternating with blistering blues-rock. When Click brings it down with the strings-inflected "Blue Skies", you can hear every breath in the room; when he launches into the infectious "Wait My Turn," there's not one person who can stay seated.

Lastly, there's his songwriting. Continuing in the tradition of the Texas greats, Click pens wide open songs deeply rooted in a life well-lived. Growing up in a small farm community outside Indianapolis, Click was the youngest of nine children in a working class family. He was gigging in his older sister's country and western band before he was out of high school.

Click moved to Austin, where his three-piece alt-country outfit, Danny and the Hurricanes, was a local phenomenon. He then spent three years with Americana artist Jimmy LaFave.

Life Is A Good Place is the payoff, putting Click squarely in the upper echelon musically and lyrically. From its radio perfect songs to the sparse stories taken from real life, it leaves you filled with hope and a new respect for the human condition.

Fast forward to 2013. After four previous records and literally hundreds of gigs on the road, Click's latest single, Baptize Me Over Elvis Presley's Grave, went to #9 and stayed in the top 10 for the entire month of October, 2013. The music video is on CMT and is a viral share online.

In 2014, Danny became a regular guest at Grateful Dead legend Phil Lesh's club, Terrapin Crossroads and released a ripping live CD, 'Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs! ~ Captured LIVE!'

In April 2015, Danny and band finished a brand new studio album with legendary producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, etc.) which was released worldwide on Sept. 18 and promises to kick it up a serious notch.

Fasten your seatbelts.

"Click's new album, 'Holding up the Sun', reinforces the fact that Click is one of the best alt-country artists of this century."
- Robert Leggett / No Depression Magazine

"Danny Click writes songs that could rescue anyone."
Greg Victor- Parcbench.com

"A hidden gem…a scorching guitarist with a potent roots rock sound."
Andrew Gilbert - SF Chronicle