Bill Chambers at The Varsity

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Date(s) - 11/30/2017
7:30 pm

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The Varsity Center

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From Australia to Carbondale: Country artist making a tour stop at The Varsity

CARBONDALE – Fans of American country music can be found all over the world, but few of them actually hit the road to perform it successfully. One of Australia’s most popular country musicians and producers is among those few, and he’ll be making a tour stop at The Varsity in Carbondale at the end of November.

Bill Chambers’ performance will take place on the Balcony Stage, a new listening space with state-of-the-art sound and lighting design. His latest album, “Cold Trail” was nominated for a 2016 Australian Recording Industry Association Award for Best Country Album. A 2002 album, “Sleeping with the Blues,” received similar honors.

Multi-instrumentalist Chambers grew up in a small town in South Australia, fascinated by American music, and he has been performing in bands since high school, the first being the Deerstalkers.

“I grew up listening to the Hillbilly music my mum and dad played when I was a kid,” Chambers said. “I discovered early rock’n’roll, Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. In recent times I’ve been particularly influenced by the Texas singer/songwriters.”

In 1987, after a break from music to live in the wilderness, build a family and escape the rat race, he returned to music invigorated and formed the Dead Ringer Band featuring daughter Kasey Chambers. By the mid-’90s Chambers and the Dead Ringer Band had received numerous awards, leading to Chambers‘ role as an in-demand studio musician and producer.

Last year’s “Cold Trail” was his first studio album in four years, but he’s left anything but a trail that’s cold, touring the world playing in daughter Kasey’s band and performing solo shows, from coffee houses to major festivals.

His solo show at The Varsity will be an evening of music that reflects his early influences and resonates with stories of his life on the road.

The evening is co-sponsored by Best Western Saluki Inn and Fat Patties in Carbondale.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Tickets are $12 at the door on the night of the show or in advance at thevarsitycenter.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6:45; the Varsity Bar will be open, featuring local and traditional beers, local and other wines, select cocktails and packaged snacks.

The Varsity is downtown Carbondale at 418 S. Illinois Ave. For more information, go to www.thevarsitycenter.org or facebook.com/varsitycenter.