New South Wales Singer-Songwriter Jo Caseley Releases New Album 'High On Heartstrings'
By Stevie Connor.
Jo Caseley is an emotive singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, independent recording artist from the New South Wales, Southern Highlands area of Australia, 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.
The Southern Highlands Americana singer-songwriter, 2023 Academy of Country Music senior graduate and top 5 TSA Salute Awards Finalist presents her third album High on Heartstrings under her own independent label Flynnella Records.
The singer reflects that the title track is the ethos for the album’s entirety; “To be high on heartstrings is what happens when you pass the age of 40, and you finally stop giving a f#*k about what anyone else thinks of you and start living your truest, most authentic life reflective of your values”.
As a result, Caseley offers us nine deeply personal and relatable tracks exploring blue-collar working families, motherhood, self-growth, the peaks and troughs of long-lasting relationships, the harsh truth about social media addictions, and social justice awareness within minority groups.
Caseley’s songs have been brought to life by the collaboration of producers Brandon Dodd and Syd Green at The Rabbit Hole Recording Studio. The album was tracked live over 4 days with Kasey Chambers band; Brandon Dodd, Syd Green, Jeff McCormack and Bill Chambers.
Bill Chambers has been a steady influence on Caseley after the pair met a decade ago and together they penned Houseless Never Homeless.
“It was on my bucket list to record with the Chambers family so scooping Kasey’s band for my album was an absolute dream come true.”
“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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