Duo happy selling ice to the Eskimos

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson have found success in the US charts.
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson have found success in the US charts. Glen Hannah

KASEY Chambers and Shane Nicholson are as Aussie as they come.

But the husband-and-wife duo is finding success in a surprising place, the Americana Chart in the US.

Their album Wreck & Ruin has been sitting at No 3 on the Americana Music Association's album chart for the past two weeks and is getting hundreds of "spins" each week on American radio stations.

>>More Music News

Their album is in the company, and in some cases out-performing, of country and folk music legends like Dwight Yoakam, Corb Lund, Wanda Jackson and Bob Dylan.

"It spins us out," Chambers said.

"We're in the company of all of the people we obviously listen to and have been influenced by, but it's really weird to see Americana next to an Australian's name."

While they would never consider relocating to the States, Nicholson said they're happy to have found an audience there and would continue to tour there about once a year.

"We do find a certain irony being called American music and being accepted into that world when we're clearly not American, but it's a nice feeling," he said.

"We don't really call it anything but we're glad it fits in somewhere in any country.

"We often think about touring there as selling ice to Eskimos, but we just do what we do.

"We do the same music there as we do here and anywhere else in the world. We're lucky anyone connects with it and embraces it."

Closer to home, Wreck & Ruin - the successful follow-up to their ARIA Award-winning debut collaboration Rattlin' Bones - has been nominated for five Golden Guitar Awards.

"We're stoked. We're so happy," Chambers said.

"We're nominated in all the categories we entered, so we couldn't have asked for anything more."

The pair is just over half-way through their national Wreck & Ruin Tour.

After an overwhelming response from audiences to the song The Quiet Life, they decided to make it their next single.

"Right from when the album first came out, we got a vibe that The Quiet Life was a song that people are really drawn to," Chambers said.

"To be honest, when we first started talking about bringing out singles Adam and Eve was the first single, but we didn't even flag the idea that The Quiet Life was going to be the next single.

"We can pretend we know everything about the industry, but when it comes to that sort of thing it's good to listen to what connects with people."

After their tour finishes in Western Australia next month, the couple will take a break over the holidays before performing a free show at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, where the Country Music Awards of Australia are also held.

"Tamworth is the only thing besides Christmas that's permanently in our schedules and calendar," Nicholson said.

"The kids ask 'when's Tamworth' more than they ask 'when's Christmas'. It's part of what we do. We're there whether we're playing or have been nominated. It's a big family trip."

Wreck & Ruin is in stores now.

The 54th Country Music Awards of Australia will be held in Tamworth on January 26.

Topics:  country music kasey chambers music shane nicholson

Safety fears for kids waiting for bus by busy road

DANGEROUS: There is no designated bus stop off the busy Gatton-Laidley Road.

Concerns have been raised for school children catching bus.

Paramedics called to more than 500 snake bites this year

Mr Hebbron warned people to be cautious when working outdoors or traversing in a snake's habitat, such as when out bushwalking.

VIDEO: QAS offers warning for residents as injuries rise

Local Partners

Workmates honour crash victim with tribute

UPDATE: Tanya Lyell is being remembered as a young mother dedicated to her family and work as the town she called home mourns its loss.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Artist feeds us pop straight from heart

FEED THE BEAST: Singer-songwriter Emma Dean is this week's featured artist.

Emerge's Calen Le Couteur recently caught up with Emma Dean

Your guide to a great night out in Ipswich

Dennis Knight and the Black Cats play Club Services Ipswich Saturday night

Check out some live entertainment this weekend

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E12 - the finale

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Buy your own brothel: Scarlet Harem for sale

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: The Coast's first brothel, Scarlet Harem at Kunda Park, is up for sale.

Coast brothel madam sells up

Tom Cruise credits success to Scientology

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise credits his success to Scientology

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

ABBA to reunite for virtual live experience


ABBA have confirmed they are to reunite - in virtual reality form

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Is Woolworths departure good news for Ipswich CBD?

Artist impression of the Ipswich Mall for the rejuvenation project to be undertaken by Ipswich City Properties

Council is on track to release a detailed plan before December

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?