Home may be where the heart is, but sometimes the voice comes from somewhere else. Whether it’s Mick Jagger’s Mississippi drawl or Billy Joe Armstrong’s cockney pretensions, pop singers adopt accents because that’s the way they imagine one sings a particular style of music. It doesn’t matter that Jagger still sounds like an English fop or that only a nerdy Californian would sing about the things Green Day’s Armstrong sings about.

But Kasey Chambers is different. The American Southern accent that comes out of her mouth when she sings her country songs belies her Australian upbringing, but it’s not the same as assuming a style. Chambers is as country as they come. It’s just that the country isn’t the U.S. She lived in the outback for the first 10 years of her life, singing Hank Williams songs with her family around the campfire. As a teenager, she was the lead vocalist in Dad’s country and western band.

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