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Rock Picks: Aussie Kasey Chambers puts her spin on Americana at Cat’s Cradle

Australian native Kasey Chambers plays Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro.
Australian native Kasey Chambers plays Friday at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. Courtesy of Kasey Chambers

Bet you didn’t know the Appalachians actually run all the way to Australia. Well, OK, they don’t. But Australian native Kasey Chambers puts such an idiosyncratic spin on Americana from this part of the world, you’d almost swear that was the case. Chambers’ new album “Dragonfly” (Essence Group Entertainment) is her most ambitious effort yet, a sprawling two-disc set featuring cameo guests ranging from Ed Sheeran to her fellow Down-Under twang cohorts Keith Urban and Paul Kelly. And Chambers is in terrific voice throughout, as always. She’ll be singing it live Friday at Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle. Doors open at 7 p.m., Garret Cato opens at 8 and tickets are $22-$25. See catscradle.com for details.

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