After a certain age and a certain number of --- oh, let's not call them "failed", let's say "successfully completed" --- relationships, it's inspiring to hear a man and woman singing together. When the couple is married, even more inspiring. For what is a happy marriage if not harmony under pressure? To spend your days and nights singing as a team --- that, friends, is togetherness you can believe in.
I first encountered Kasey Chambers when she released her debut "The Captain". She had a fogcutter of a voice that demanded attention. And she could flatten a note like the best bluegrass singers --- you'd swear she'd left the hollow only to get a bunch of piercings.
In fact, Kasey Chambers is Australian. And that's the least of it --- when she was very young, her father, the musician Bill Chambers, moved his family into a barren zone of that empty continent and spent a decade as a fox hunter. Kasey grew up under a giant sky and an empty landscape; at night, around a campfire, her father led his family in songs straight from the Grand Ole Opry. She might as well have been living in the hollow