Chambers back after voice fright
A VOCAL chord health scare delayed her Bittersweet tour, but Kasey Chambers isn't one to give up.
Now in better health and missing the stage, the popular Australian country singer will return to Tweed next month.
In October, Chambers announced the tour would be postponed "on doctor's orders".
"I had nodules on my vocal chords," she said.
"I was so bummed I had to postpone the tour."
With rest, the problem fixed itself - but not before giving Chambers a bit of a wake-up call.
"It just made me realise I really have to look after my vocal chords," she said.
"I didn't need surgery. I just had a lot of rest and I've been going to a voice therapist."
Chambers said from now on, she'd take a bit more care not to overwork her voice.
"Before, my warm-up was just a shot of scotch," she said.
"Apparently that's not good enough."
Chambers said despite the tour being rescheduled, she'd received a strong response to the album.
"Over the last year I've just been so lucky with how the album has been going," she said.
"I'm just stoked that it's out; everything else after that is just bonus.
"I'm very happy if people like it, if they want to buy it ... and awards are great.
"But if those things don't happen, it doesn't change the way you feel about the album."
Aside from finally getting her Bittersweet album on the road, Chambers said she was delighted to be announced as the headliner of the inaugural Murwillum-bah Country and Roots Festival.
"That's going to be so much fun," she said.
"It's got a great line-up. There's a lot of amazing acts I'm really looking forward to seeing as well."
For her Bittersweet tour, Chambers said she was keen to play her new material, as well as getting back to performing some of the classics.
"I still love playing (the older songs)," she said.
"It's certainly not just for the audience. I still love playing them too."
Chambers said it "wouldn't feel right" if she played a gig without performing The Captain.
"It's a part of me," she said.
The Bittersweet tour will continue until mid-May, to fit in with being a mum-of-three, Chambers said.
"I need time to catch up on homework and swimming lessons," she said.
Chambers said she tried not to leave the kids for too long, and would take them on long tours.
While her kids like to hang around backstage, Chambers said she wasn't sure if they'd follow in her footsteps.
"The eldest do guitar lessons, but I think they'd rather be playing footy and skating, and that's okay."
What: Kasey Chambers' Bittersweet tour
Where: Twin Towns Services Club
When: Friday, February 13 from 9pm (NSW)
Tickets: adults $45, children under 18 $30
Book: visit twintowns.com.au or phone 1800 014 014