SPECIAL MOMENT: Organiser Peter Noble inducts Kasey Chambers into the Bluesfest Hall of Fame after her performance at the 30th Bluesfest Byron Bay.
SPECIAL MOMENT: Organiser Peter Noble inducts Kasey Chambers into the Bluesfest Hall of Fame after her performance at the 30th Bluesfest Byron Bay. Marc Stapelberg

Bluesfest Day 3: Kasey Chambers' night of glory

TWENTY years ago, an unknown singer called Kasey Chambers got her first gig at a major music festival at Bluesfest 2000. Yesterday, Chambers celebrated the platinum anniversary by getting inducted in the Bluesfest Hall of Fame.

Her first ever Bluesfest show included a bunch of songs she had been working on and was about to release on an album that changed her life: The Captain.

Kasey Chambers made the Crossroads stage her home and the night became an emotional tribute to her career and talent.

The band behind her was the same band that recorded that iconic album two decades ago.

She started her show telling audiences how much she loved the festival, how 21 years ago she was a back up singer, and then she has been back, as an artist or a punter, every year for the last 21 years.

She famously lost her cool last year when she met the former Red Wiggle, Murray Cook, at the festival and asked him for a selfie.

Then the music started and so did the tributes by fellow artists.

Ben Harper was the first one stage with Chambers.

 

DUO: Country star Kasey Chambers and American musician Ben Harper at the Australian artist's show at Bluesfest 2019.
DUO: Country star Kasey Chambers and American musician Ben Harper at the Australian artist's show at Bluesfest 2019. Tao Jones

Tanya and Michael Trotter, from The War and Treaty, also jumped on stage to sing with Chambers. The husband and wife are well-known fans of Chambers.

Then it was the turn of The Veronicas, who explained that they saw Chambers performing at Bluesfest 20 years ago and that show inspired them to get a career in music.

So Kasey Chambers created The Veronicas, get that into your head.

The performance revisited the songs from The Captain plus other tunes by guest artists and Chambers greatest hits, which are not few and have all aged well.

 

Kasey Chambers performs on the Crossroads stage on the third day of the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Tyagarah.
Kasey Chambers performs on the Crossroads stage on the third day of the Byron Bay Bluesfest in Tyagarah. Marc Stapelberg

Finally, it was 'Don Bluesfest' himself, organiser Peter Noble, who came on stage and offered Chambers a trophy to induct her into the Bluesfest Hall of Fame.

The artist could not contain the emotion and broke into tears, thanking her father, Australian Country musician and former member of the Dead Ringer Band, Bill Chambers.

Kasey Chambers is closing an incredible 12 months after she was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in November 2018. She has won fourteen ARIA Music Awards, nine of them for Best Country Album.



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