Title - 'Chickaboom!'
Artist - Tami Neilson
In truth, no one forgets the first time they saw Tami Neilson!
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!
For Tami (aka Tamara) encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive.
Tami grew up performing across North America with the Neilson Family Band, working alongside greats such as Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, and Kitty Wells.
With her parents Betty and Ron (her late father a songwriter of considerable accomplishment) and two brothers Todd (drums) and Jay (bass), she spent years on the road learning her craft.
This enabled Tami to explore her increasing vocal and emotional range and build a deep well of musical influences to draw upon when she started to write her own material.
Ergo, the Canadian-born, New Zealand-based country & soul singer/songwriter, winner of the 2014 APRA Silver Scroll Awards and Best Country Song Award, winner of the Best Country Album at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2015, and Best Female Artist at the New Zealand Country Music Awards in 2010, 2011 & 2014 has been through and done a lot to be where she is today.
Furthermore, her album Don't Be Afraid debuted at No. 1 on the New Zealand Music Charts, and her previous release Dynamite! was listed in The Guardian as one of the top ten country albums of the year for 2014.
And so, that long and winding road has now led to her brand new album, Chickaboom! (releasing February 14th, 2020 via Outside Music), which is something different again, and even more personal.
1. 'Call Your Mama'
2. 'Hey, Bus Driver!'
3. 'Ten Tonne Truck'
4. 'Queenie, Queenie'
5. 'You Were Mine'
6. '16 Miles of Chain'
7. 'Tell Me That You Love Me'
8. 'Any Fool With A Heart'
9. 'Sister Mavis'
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!”
Ergo, this quite wondrous, and colorfully vibrant new collection brings much personal and family history to the table for Tami, along with ten tracks that will have you shakin' ya thang like it's, well, 2020!
Produced by Tami and Delaney Davidson, and featuring alongside her Jay Neilson (Bass/Rhythm Guitar), Delaney Davidson (Lead Guitar), Brett Adams (Lead Guitar on 'You Were Mine'), and Joe McCallum (Drums/Percussion), the album kicks off with the showcasing 'Call Your Mama' which is backed by the immense twangin' rock-country sound of 'Hey, Bus Driver!' and then the Americana-driven, finger snappin' 'Ten Tonne Truck.'
This modern-day musical treasure who, as aforementioned, and as its been well noted before, truly embodies the spirit of a restrung Patsy Cline, continues onward with the Belle Stars-esque 'Queenie, Queenie,' the excellent ballad 'You Were Mine,' and then the one-two sensibilities of '16 Miles of Chain.'
This country-soul singer then brings us one of the best tracks on the album, in my humble opinion, the rambunctiously frenetic 'Tell Me That You Love Me,' backing that up seamlessly with the harmonious mid-tempo reflections of the laid back '60s within 'Any Fool With A Heart.'
The album then rounds out with the gospel-infused 'Sister Mavis,' and then comes to a close with the lo-fi, Roy Orbison-tinged, western plains sonnet 'Sleep.'
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