By Megan Routledge
Jo Caseley is an emotive singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist who transports her audience through all the feels.
Influenced by the clever wit of John Prine, the yesteryear of Gillian Welch and the honest soundscapes of Paul Kelly and Kasey Chambers, her style sees her driving with one hand on the wheel at all times, steering steadily down her own lane.
She cut her teeth busking the streets of Kings Cross and landed her first gig in a smoky blues bar next to a strip club, miles away from the glitz of today's music scene where her humble, authentic stylings are appreciated.
The 2023 Senior Graduate of the Academy of Country Music and top 5 Finalist in the TSA Salute Awards will release her third album High on Heartstrings under her own independent label Flynnella Records.
Houseless Never Homeless was co-written with Bill Chambers (ARIA winner, Golden Guitar winner and father of Kasey Chambers) 10 years ago. Until now, it lay dormant in a closed book along with hundreds of other songs from the prolific writer. The songs may have been collecting dust for some time, but Caseley never felt any rush to release them, preferring instead to wait for the right time to bring them to life.
The album was recorded at The Rabbit Hole Recording Studio and features Kasey Chambers band members; Kasey’s father Bill Chambers and Brandon Dodd on guitars, Jeff McCormack on bass and Syd Green who co-produced the album along with Brandon Dodd on drums.
“We recorded live with the band over 4 days with minimal overdubs which has given the album quite a raw, organic sound. The magic I experienced as I got to play my songs with these seasoned professionals whilst feeding off each other’s energy was such an exciting thrill for me. My Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crow and Kasey influences were drawn upon and there are plenty of Neil Young and Paul Kelly vibes.”
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