2020 album. Roots rock. Also available on CD.
No one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson - the Canadian born, New Zealand based country & soul, award winning singer songwriter. She can hush a room with an original song that channels the hurting spirit of Patsy Cline or the sensuality of Peggy Lee, or bring the audience to its feet on a rockabilly raver.
She’s an artist with real range, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, golden-age country, heartfelt Gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock ‘n’ roll. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive. Of her new album’s title, ‘CHICKABOOM!’, Tami explains, ‘I wanted to write an album of punchy little songs, popping firecrackers that, when stripped back to nothing but a guitar, percussion and two voices, would still go boom!’
The new collection brings much personal and family history to the table. Tami grew up performing across North America with the Neilson Family Band, working alongside greats such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells. Subsequently, Tami fell in love with a New Zealander, moved to the bottom of the world and began her solo career without the support of the family.
Her early records saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country, with awards in New Zealand for albums that added breadth to her ‘country singer’ label: Best Female Artist, Best Country Album, Best Country Song, an APRA Silver Scroll (songwriting) award and Album of the Year nominations. Her ‘Dynamite!’ album of 2014 received rave reviews in Britain’s MOJO and the Guardian named it a Top 10 Best Country Music Album. Tami’s songs appeared on the Netflix series Wanted and the terrestrial TV series Nashville. Tami Neilson’s singing and writing is too big to contain, as HMV Canada noted: ‘There are singers and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn’t big enough.’
Tracklisting: Call Your Mama / Hey, Bus Driver! / Ten Tonne Truck / Queenie, Queenie / You Were Mine / 16 Miles of Chain / Tell Me That You Love Me / Any Fool With A Heart / Sister Mavis / Sleep