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.

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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



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