‘Her huge one-of-a-kind voice has the ability to sting, seduce or soothe…’ – MOJO
Canadian-born, New Zealand-based rockabilly, soul-swinging, fire belting dynamo Tami Neilson has gone back to her family roots with her brand new album CHICKABOOM! released today.
CHICKABOOM!, Tami’s seventh album, is drawn directly from her family and life experiences growing up performing across North America with the Neilson Family Band and working alongside country music legends such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker and Kitty Wells.
‘In the past year, I started to notice that the artists I would spend time with backstage at festivals, the ones I gravitated to the most and followed on social media like the Secret Sisters, Shovels & Rope, Kasey Chambers, Brandi Carlile... they all have family performing with them.
‘When you tour away from loved ones, it makes a world of difference to have part of your village with you on the road. Not to mention, nothing can come close to that special blend of blood harmonies and silent communication that only comes from being onstage with a person for over 30 years. Family has always been a huge part of my music writing, recording and creating with me, but I wanted family on this project and on the road with me again.’
With a voice straight from the golden age of soul, country and rockabilly music, whose powerful voice can take on big ballads, heartfelt Gospel, soul-infused R&B, Western swing, even old-style rock n roll. – and a sky-high beehive to match – Tami Neilson has been described by Radio NZ as ‘a red-hot honky tonk, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson’.
Previous media accolades come from both sides of the Atlantic, including Rolling Stone, which called her ‘a fire-breathing belter on her own terms’’ and the UK’s Guardian, which asserted that ‘’her powerhouse would still go boom!” This new album brings much personal and family history to the table.
Singing her heart out along endless roads and stages, from her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family Band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
In 2014, Tami was also awarded the APRA Silver Scroll, New Zealand’s most prestigious music award for excellence in songwriting for her song Walk (Back to Your Arms), as well as Best Female Artist at the National Country Music Awards and APRA’s Best Country Song at the NZ Country Music Awards. The release of her explosive album Dynamite! received rave reviews in MOJO and The Guardian named it the Top 10 Best Country Music Album where it climbed to #1 on the NZ Music Charts, and went on to win the title of 2015’s Best Country Music Album.
In addition to a rigorous international touring schedule, Tami Neilson will be playing shows in New Zealand this June.
Tami Neilson’s latest album CHICKABOOM!
is out Feb 14th via Neilson Records/ Southbound Distribution