III John Lomax
Release Date: 01 October 2001
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
The story of the remarkable Chambers family; their life on the Nullarbor, their incredible success as country music group, Dead Ringer Band, and the rise of Kasey Chambers as a world-renowned solo artist.
Red Desert Sky is a tale of family survival, first against natural forces, later in the cut-throat world of show business. The Chambers family-Bill, Diane, Nash and Kasey-have lived their own, uniquely Australian version of the Swiss Family Robinson. Here they share their extraordinary experiences as they transformed themselves from nomads to one of Australia's most treasured musical exports...In 1976, hoping to earn a living hunting foxes, Bill and Diane Chambers took their two-year-old son Nash and newborn daughter Kasey into the Nullarbor. Here the four Chambers lived for much of the next ten years, amid snakes, dingos and feral cats, camping in a different spot on the parched Plain after each night's hunting. Gathering their supplies from the Indian Pacific Tea and Sugar Train, the family endured seven to eight months annually on the Nullarbor, relocating to a small fishing village during the hottest months...After returning to 'civilisation' permanently in 1986, Bill and Diane re-launched their musical careers, performing as a duo in pubs, with Kasey, then Nash joining to form a group soon dubbed Dead Ringer Band. By 1992, they had become musicians full-time, pulling a small trailer behind their four-wheel drive and playing nationally, to big city music lovers as well as rural and outback audiences...During the 1990s, Dead Ringer Band members released seven CDs and collectively earned two ARIAs, five MO Awards and seven Gold Guitars at Tamworth. In May 1999, lead singer Kasey Chambers stepped out as a solo artist, issuing The Captain, now certified for double-platinum sales. In 2001, Kasey's second solo album, Barricades + Brickwalls, was released...Red Desert Sky is a remarkable story about four courageous Australians whose 'give it a go' philosophy has brought them worldwide acclaim.
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