{GIVEAWAY} Kasey Chambers New Album – Bittersweet Pack and more

The music of Kasey Chambers nowadays feels almost as intrinsic to this country as vegemite and Australia will be happy to know that on August 29, the singer, songwriter and storyteller will release her tenth studio album and first solo record in four years, Bittersweet.


Produced by American Nick DiDia (Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, Powderfinger, The Living End) at Studios 301 in Byron Bay, Bittersweet is something of a departure for Kasey from the ‘expected’.

Pulling together a superb studio band to record the album, Bittersweet features Bernard Fanning on acoustic guitar, keyboard, piano, background vocals and lead vocals on the title track; Ashleigh Dallas on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and background vocals; Dan Kelly on electric and acoustic guitar and background vocals; Matthew Engelbrecht on bass and flugelhorn and Declan Kelly on drums, percussion and vibes, Bill Chambers contributes background vocals. Sticking to her trademark no-nonsense live recording style, Kasey and the band recorded the album in just 7 days in April this year.

The first single Wheelbarrow was written and performed with label and band mate Ashleigh Dallas. Wheelbarrow’s swaggerly blues perfectly captures Kasey and Ashleigh’s collective love for melding the new and antique. Their brassy, swaying vocals mingle with banjo beneath the swaggering layers of Dan Kelly’s overdriven guitar—thick, sweet and dirty.

Bittersweet is again testament to the songwriting talents of an artist who has won 10 APRA Awards (she holds the record for the highest awarded solo APRA Songwriter in Australia across 10 studio albums), 10 ARIA Awards, 20 Golden Guitar Awards and nominations for 2 Americana Music Awards.

Kasey Chambers will premiere her new album Bittersweet at the Gympie Music Muster, followed by three intimate east coast city shows in September.


Saturday August 30, Gympie Music Muster
Tickets: www.muster.com.au

Tuesday September 2, Lefties Old Time Music Hall – Brisbane
Tickets: www.leftysmusichall.com
136 100

Wednesday September 3, Northcote Social Club – Melbourne
Tickets: www.northcotesocialclub.com
1300 724 867

Thursday September 4, Newtown Social Club – Sydney
Tickets: www.newtownsocialclub.com
1300 724 867

Friday September 26, The Venue – Townsville
Tickets: www.ticketek.com.au
132 849

Sunday September 28, Music Botanica – Cairns
Tickets: www.ticketlink.com.au
1300 855 835

Follow Kasey Chambers:  Official Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  You Tube  |  Instagram



This giveaway is now closed.Congratulations to: Debbie, Maya, Joanne, Kylie, Irene, Shandelle, Richard, Adrianne,Shannan, Mascha & Carmel

Thanks to Warner Music and Kasey Chambers, one lucky winner will receive this Bittersweet pack, including: a signed CD, limited edition red vinyl LP, KC baseball cap and tote bag

KASEY_D2C_WMAWEB_PACKSand… there are also 10 SIGNED Bittersweet CD albums (standard edition RRP$25) to be won

KC_Signed Bitterswseet1

Please answer the following question in the comments below

What is your most memorable bittersweet moment?

This giveaway will close 5pm Thursday 11th September 2014



This giveaway run in accordance with my disclosure policy, please read the terms and conditions below

Terms and Conditions:  1. Entries must be made via the commenting system below (entries on facebook are not valid).  2. Entries close 5pm Thursday 11th September 2014.  3. One entry per household. Open to Australian residents only.  4. This giveaway is a game of skill. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  5. RRP price of prize pool is $310.00  6. One winner will be chosen for the Bittersweet pack and 10 runners up will receive one cd each.  7. The winner will be contacted by email.  8. If I have not received a reply from the winner within 7 days the prize will be forfeited and redrawn.  9.  The Organised Housewife will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winners.

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Sharnee Snowden August 28, 2014 - 9:32 PM

Nothing could be more bittersweet then being married and having your most cherished people there to witness the occasion

Anonymous August 28, 2014 - 10:50 PM

Leaving a relationship after many years………………….

Jo Thorp August 28, 2014 - 11:14 PM

The day my husband & I drove our son to University to set up his dorm room – so proud yet so sad!

Tracy Curnow August 29, 2014 - 12:25 AM

The day that we had an IVF transfer in the city & my mum rang from the country to say our family cat had to be put down. I had happy tears & sad tears. And this attempt, after 4 failed ones, finally worked & we have a precious 7 year old as a result.

Anonymous August 29, 2014 - 12:51 AM

My mum left us 4 kids and my dad when we were quite young, now my siblings and I are starting our very own families with promises to never let that happen to them

LJ Pozzebon August 29, 2014 - 2:14 AM

After spending 3 weeks in hospital not know if you have cancer, relief to find out it’s only MS & can be managed. 12yrs on living happily with my family.

Alex August 29, 2014 - 6:38 AM

I’d love the kasey chambers cd

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 10:57 AM

It is great i agree, Alex. I have been listening to it all morning.

Maya August 29, 2014 - 6:49 AM

My most bittersweet moment was when my mum finally passed away. She was no suffering or in pain, but it also meant I could never hold her or kiss her ever again. 🙁

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 10:58 AM

Ooh Maya i feel for you, it is so very hard. Totally understand where you are coming from.

Jodie Groves August 29, 2014 - 6:53 AM

My bittersweet moment is a recurring one! You see our family is a FIFO (fly-in, fly-out) family. So every fortnight we kiss hubby/Dad goodbye (the bitter part) as he flys from one side of the country to the other to work in the hot, dusty red dirt of the iron ore mines in Western Australia. The sweet part is the excitement and anticipation of him arriving home to be with us physically again. The other sweet part is the dreams that we are living out and achieving for our little family and the time we have together with this lifestyle that we have chosen.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Jodie, yes it would be so hard on you and your family. So many families do it these days and often wonder how? I guess it is a lifestyle change you all adjust to.

Trudy George August 29, 2014 - 6:56 AM

When I moved away from all my family and friends. Although in still far from them, I have so many beautiful friends here in Melbourne.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:02 AM

Moving away is so hard, yes i agree Trudy. But it is also great that you have your friends there with you.

Rachel August 29, 2014 - 7:04 AM

My most bitter sweet moment is having cleaned the house all day and it’s looking great ….. THEN the kids walk in the door from school. Bye bye tidy house lol
Ps …… I LOVE Casey

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:03 AM

LOL yes i think a lot of us can relate to this one, Rachel!

Katrina August 29, 2014 - 7:15 AM

A bit like painting the harbour bridge. When you finally finish a task and then realise you have to start that task (or similar) all over again

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Yes that has happened many times, Katrina!

Christine Mc August 29, 2014 - 7:30 AM

After 22 years as Paramedic I became a stay at home mum to 4 beautiful girls. My husband is FIFO, 3 weeks away 1 week home. It is sad when he leaves but he gets THE BEST cuddles when home. Also his mother lives with us which is bitter because she comments on all my housekeeping skills to family and loves to ridicule but sweet because she is mostly sweet to the girls and they get heaps of time with their grandmother.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:07 AM

Cuddles are the best, Christine!

Rebecca Sullivan August 29, 2014 - 7:32 AM

My most bittersweet moment was when I was holding my last baby. She was born at 32 weeks, holding her and knowing she was ok after what had seemed an eternity of uncertainty, she was perfect! But it was bitter at the same time because she was whisked away so quickly into the humidicrib and all I wanted to do was hold her and take her home. Its one of the hardest things I’ve ever done! But now she is a happy 7 year old that drives me crazy and I wouldn’t have her any other way ????

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Ooh Rebecca yes that would have been so hard for you but so glad to hear she is now happy and healthy.:)

Debbie August 29, 2014 - 7:41 AM

My most memorable bittersweet moment was when I gave birth to my third son. I fell in love with him immediately, and showered him with kisses and cuddles, telling him just how much his mummy loved him. The bitter part is that he was born sleeping :'(

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:12 AM

Ooh Debbie, from the bottom of my heart i am so very sorry. Reading this brought tears to my eyes.

Nikkie August 29, 2014 - 7:41 AM

The birth of my first child. The joy I felt when she arrived so such sweet joy only to discover she wasn’t breathing so had to be rushed away to be resuscitated. Seeing her in the humidicrib but not being able to cuddle her continued my bittersweet moment.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:14 AM

Nikkie that would have been so very hard.

Georgina August 29, 2014 - 7:42 AM

My most bitter sweet moment was finally learning on my wedding day that just cause someone is blood doesn’t make them family and my new husband telling them in no uncertain words that they are never allowed to hurt me or make me cry and his family closing ranks around me to protect me.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:16 AM

Ooh wow Georgina that is very hard to deal with on your wedding day. But happy for you that things have worked out for the best.

Megan August 29, 2014 - 7:44 AM

Sadly i had to find my pugalier Bessie a new home. Because of a,allergy and renting i couldn’t keep her. But she has a beautiful loving home now

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:17 AM

Ooh Meagn, i am glad to hear she has a loving new home.

Joanne Alphey August 29, 2014 - 7:49 AM

Holding my dads hand when he passed away is my most memorable bittersweet moment. It was the end of his pain and suffering, but also the beginning of learning to live life without him. There’s been plenty of bittersweet moments ever since.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:19 AM

That’s heartbreaking, Joanne. The last thing we want is for our loved ones to be in pain but saying goodbye is so very hard too.

Tash August 29, 2014 - 8:19 AM

My most bittersweet moment was when I got told I could no longer have any more children while in ICU but the one I just gave birth to was in NICU and he was in a stable condition after an emergency c-section 3 years ago. It hasn’t been easy but were both here so that’s all that matters!!!

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:22 AM

Ooh that is so hard to hear those words Tash.

Tammie Fleming August 29, 2014 - 8:21 AM

My bittersweet moment was when I saw one of my handmade designs published in a children’s magazine.

Alison August 29, 2014 - 8:40 AM

When we moved to the city from a mining town. The move to the city brought us closer to family, but leaving the mining town after many years meant leaving good friends that had become like family.

Tammie Fleming August 29, 2014 - 8:40 AM

after years of hard work and setbacks with being a stay at home mum with a business.

Kylie August 29, 2014 - 9:29 AM

My bittersweet moment comes once a month…when I look at my lovely month-long saved up bank balance…then I start paying the bills! Hi-ho Hi-ho; it’s back to work I go! lol

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:27 AM

LOL Kylie yes i’m sure so many of us can relate to this!.:)

Therese August 29, 2014 - 12:45 PM

My children’s milestones for two reasons. As they pass each stage (newborn to toddler to child etc) they will never be at the stage they just grew out of again and I miss each stage when it changes (and perhaps didn’t value it as much as I should have)

Alison August 29, 2014 - 8:23 PM

When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancy.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:24 AM

Ooh Alison, that is so hard but so happy for you that you finally have the baby you deserve.:)

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:31 AM

So true, Therese! They grow up so very quickly. Love getting my cuddles whenever i can.:)

Ness August 29, 2014 - 1:35 PM

Moving away from family; sweet in knowing we were removing our kids from a toxic environment, but bitter in realising will all that had past and us making the brake they would not grow up knowing their cousins. The really sweet bit, we have moved to a great community and they have more support and friends than ever

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:33 AM

It is so hard moving away from family, Ness but sounds like you made the right choice.

Kylie Scales August 29, 2014 - 2:23 PM

My bittersweet moment was the arrival of my daughter
after my dad passed away. Dad was diagnosed with bowel cancer when I was 16 weeks pregnant. He was gone by the time I was 32 weeks pregnant. When my daughter was born, my sister was with me and the first thing I said when I held my daughter. ” She has dad’s hands”
She also has his long eyelashes. She is now a gorgeous 12 year old.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Ooh Kylie that is very bittersweet! Would have been a very hard time for you!

Irene Wilkinson August 29, 2014 - 3:22 PM

I would love to give Kasey’s CD’s, to my dear friend who is very ill & simply adores Kasey.
My bitter sweet moment was when after many years of ‘tracking down’ my father’s family in Poland, that I finally met them & felt so good to do so, just a pity my father had died 30 years before.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:37 AM

Irene what a lovely gesture for your friend!

Annie August 29, 2014 - 3:49 PM

When you go to the lengths to retrieve your last borns cord blood (this is not an easy task living in Central Western Queensland) in the hope that it could one day save a siblings life, then find out that it’s not a match. On a more positive note, the sibling has thus far not had to use it.

Alison August 29, 2014 - 8:25 PM

When my first child was born, amazing to finally have a baby after so long, but bittersweet in that his two triplet siblings passed away during pregnancy

Lisa August 30, 2014 - 12:04 AM

Me & my daughter both love kasey, my bitter sweet moment is
My daughter starting high school but knowing she is behind kids
Her own age .

Sarah Alex Johnson August 30, 2014 - 12:29 AM

Deciding to be a stay at home momma of three amaze girls..

wendy fox August 30, 2014 - 6:28 AM

My bittersweet moment was when my type 1 diabetic son received his insulin pump which gives him much more control and means he no longer needs to inject himself 42 times a week….but he will always be a diabetic with all the horrible parts of the disease…

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:42 AM

Ooh Wendy, that must be so hard for your son and yourself!

Helen Rodgers August 30, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Starting a uni degree in my 50’s and having to leave half way through to care for my Mum. Bittersweet but a privilege.

Mary Preston August 30, 2014 - 10:54 AM

It would have to be when my father died. It was a blessing that he was finally at peace & the fact that I was there to say goodbye. He is missed every day.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:44 AM

Ooh Mary, thats very hard to deal with but comforting for you and your dad that you were there with him when he passed.

Shandelle wood August 30, 2014 - 11:43 AM

The end of a block of chocolate – it was so good – but never lasts as long as you need!

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:45 AM

LOL i can so relate to this!!

Lyn Richards August 30, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Calling my daughter every week and hearing her talk about her new job, her life and all the things she is preparing for the week ahead. She is so sensible and responsible and even though we live in different states, we are still as close as ever and I know I had something to do with the beautiful woman she is today.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:49 AM

Beautiful, Lyn! It is hard living in different states from our loved ones, but so wonderful to hear that you and your daughter are so very close.

Kerry August 30, 2014 - 5:12 PM

Kasey Chambers sucks the big one.
Giving away her things because she can’t sell them she’s that shit.

Jennifer Hoad August 30, 2014 - 6:56 PM

Warm bath, coffee and a whole packet of TIM TAMS,
Then realizing how hard I have to work out the next day.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:50 AM

Oh yes i would be thinking the exact same thing, Jennifer! I always feel so guilty afterwards.

Claire August 30, 2014 - 8:37 PM

I have a bittersweet feeling every day at the moment watching my gorgeous baby boy growing up and knowing that he is our last baby and I won’t get to go through these precious moments ever again. Oh yeah and Kasey Chambers rocks!

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:52 AM

I also have that realisation at times too, Claire. Its sad but at the same time so rewarding watching them grow up.:)

Richard K August 30, 2014 - 8:55 PM

Being stuck in hospital for weeks, then only to have to return and be readmitted

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:53 AM

Ooh yes, Richard i would have to agree with you on this one. Hope you aren’t in there too much longer.

Adrianne August 31, 2014 - 8:20 AM

Sweet is the privilege to enjoy this Summer day with my children – beach, bush whatever I choose….
Bittersweet is reading about a lady Sheree Mcleod and the journey she faces everyday in Hospital… her strength, pure honesty and candour is humbling and she DOESN’T get to choose what to do on this glorious day with her children….. incredible fight in this woman… Please send this CD to her to shorten those days:)

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Wow what a lovely gesture, Adrianne!

Pam September 1, 2014 - 11:03 AM

Losing my dear mum after caring for her for many years. I was grateful she would no longer suffer but I miss her terribly.

Katrina September 1, 2014 - 11:57 AM

So very hard, i agree Pam.

Rhiannon September 1, 2014 - 2:18 PM

Having the opportunity to build our dream home, but unfortunately not in the area we currently live in. So I cross my finger and toes, and look forward to the opportunity we have of having an amazing house, and knowing that we are all together as a family.

Jane September 3, 2014 - 9:28 AM

My biggest bittersweet moment was finishing a 100km cycling event, crossing the finish line, getting victory photos and then faceplanting. So unfortunate lol.

Katrina September 3, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Oh no Jane you poor thing! That must of hurt so much! But congratulations on finishing an amazing ride, well done!.:)

Rebecca Broderick September 3, 2014 - 1:26 PM

This whole year has been bittersweet for me and my kids. We moved 1300 km away from our home, where my husband is still living and working. It’s great to be where we are now, catching up with my family, kids are getting a better education and getting the attention they need to catch up, but we’ve only seen hubby/daddy twice this year, it was so hard to say goodbye last school holidays. Worse than FIFO. Bittersweet.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 12:19 PM

Ooh Rebecca i imagine it would very so very hard on you and your kids. Create beautiful memories when you are all together.:)

Linda September 5, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Moving with my husband and kids to Australia, to start a wonderful new life. But… leaving my own family and so many good friends

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 1:08 PM

Ooh Linda yes i can see how that is bittersweet for you.

Elizabeth Hegarty September 5, 2014 - 1:36 PM

My bittersweet moment is happening next week. We are moving to the country so we can all be together as a family instead of FIFO, but we have to say goodbye to all of our family & friends 🙁 happy & sad all at the same time.

Katrina September 5, 2014 - 2:55 PM

Oh yes i can understand it being a bittersweet moment for you, good luck with the move.

Natalie September 5, 2014 - 3:35 PM

Most bittersweet memory is old boyfriend took me out for my birthday then broke up with me later that night. I didn’t react sadly because I did love him but I knew out relationship would not work. Being friends didn’t work and not long after I met my future husband.

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:02 AM

Oh no Natalie.:(

Shannan September 5, 2014 - 10:46 PM

Bittersweet for me is finally having the child Id longed for so long.. Only for him to arrive and need medical help and intervention. He is now 2, life with him is a daily struggle. We are truely lucky to have such wonderful friends.
I’m a true believer you are given chances to test your abilities… I’m truely being tested..

Katrina September 8, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Ooh Shannan, I agree where would we be without family and friends for support. You are very lucky to have them in your life.

Melissa Chapman September 9, 2014 - 2:55 AM

My Nan, Mum and I created my Year 12 formal dress together. We always struggled for money, but they saved all they could to give me a beautiful princess day. we bonded over the sewing (and unpicking…) and i felt a million dollars on the day. 14 years on, my nan has dementia, and often doesn’t know any of us. today, my daughter (4yo), my Mum and my beautiful Nan pulled apart my old formal dress and made an ‘Elsa dress’ – from the movie FROZEN. I was teary in many moments… Nan can still work her magic on the machine, and even smiled when my daughter snuggled into her lap whilst she was sitting and stoking the soft fabric. bittersweet, but I’m sure will be one of my very favourite memories!!!

Mascha September 10, 2014 - 12:35 AM

Last year, just before moving back to Oz, I had an operation back ‘home’ (in the Netherlands) which turned very sour (bitter)! They punctured my intestine, didn’t realise and found out 5 days later… I almost lost my life, they kept me in a coma and IC unit for a while. It was such a hard time for my parents, sister and friends who were by my side the whole time. Ended up being in hospital for 6 weeks and rehabilitating for another half year (and still am)! It did however make me even closer to my parents, sister and friends. Made me realise how mega AMAZING they are (still getting chocked up now) = sweet… I miss them heaps!!

Katrina September 10, 2014 - 9:33 AM

Ooh my gosh, Mascha! You poor thing, it sounds like you have had such a rough time! I hope you are getting better each day. I agree with you 100%, where would we be without the love and support of family and friends.:)

Mascha September 21, 2014 - 3:41 PM

Thank you Katrina, I’m doing really well (the lasting/chronic problems won’t hold me down!). Also helps that I’m a very positive happy person 🙂

Yes, family and friends are SO important and I must say I have the best in the world 🙂

Thank you SO MUCH for the prize!!! I was quite shocked when I got your email and did a little happy dance 🙂 !!

LOVE your blog! Please keep the great stories coming…

Kelly Cotter September 10, 2014 - 5:38 AM

Watching my daughter recieve her grade 12 certificate after needing to pull her from school in grade 7 and homeschool her. It was a long haul but very rewarding in the end.

Kelly Cotter September 10, 2014 - 5:39 AM

Watching my daughter receive her grade 12 certificate after needing to pull her from school in grade 7 and homeschool her. It was a long haul but very rewarding in the end.

Jen Caldwell September 10, 2014 - 8:02 AM

Leaving a very enjoyable, secure, future-promising job to give my kids my time that they longed for and so deserved. I miss it, but I have not looked back.

Liz September 10, 2014 - 3:41 PM

One that is ongoing for me…I moved away from all my friends and family to purchase a business in another region with my partner, so we could both be together. That hard move has now proved “sweet” – in the sense we are making good money from our hard work, we are together and we now have a settled arrangement to have visits from his children. Which would never have happened if we didn’t make that move. Even though I miss home heaps and we do plan to go back someday, we are happy!

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Oh that is fantastic news, Liz. Good on you!.:)

jen jen September 10, 2014 - 3:45 PM

My bittersweet moment moving to an island miss my family so much but feels so great to be away from all there drama and raise my 4 kids in a happy environment

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Good for you Jen!

Michelle September 10, 2014 - 3:53 PM

My most bittersweet moment was getting thru my second daughters pregnancy whilst being suicial with un diagnosed PTSD, for her at six weeks old to end up in intensive care with bronchiolitis.

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:10 AM

Oh no Michelle you poor thing.

Carmel Corry September 10, 2014 - 3:58 PM

Most Memorable Bittersweet Moment: Meeting my son finally only to know that he was too little to survive his premature birth

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:11 AM

Oh Carmel that is devastating!

Pj Chinn September 10, 2014 - 3:59 PM

My bittersweet moments happen when I see my family. They live so far away and whenever I get to spend time with them I am constantly reminded that it’s only for a short time and there is a teary farewell ahead.

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:13 AM

P J i totally understand what you mean!

Jess September 10, 2014 - 8:46 PM

I guess my most bittersweet moment was when my son got diagnosed with aspergers, we had pretty much known his whole life but it took 7 years for it to be diagnosed and then we could get some help.

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:14 AM

Oh Jess, i hope your son is getting the right help he needs.

Nicola Herring September 10, 2014 - 8:56 PM

When I finished my last good read ‘watermelon’ by Marian Keyes. I spent blimming ages getting to know the characters, their names, faults, eccentricities and so on. Then suddenly the story ends! Finito! Haha! Xx

Katrina September 12, 2014 - 10:15 AM

Haha i totally understand what you are saying, Nicola! Happens to me all the time.:)

Rochelle Crow September 11, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Recently we attended the funeral of a very dear friend who passed away from cancer way too young. Watching the video of his life and reliving all the fun times we had had together was a very bittersweet moment for me.


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