Tami Neilson

Tami Neilson tour kicks off October, announces new album Chickaboom!

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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. Tami encompasses them all and is a personality-powered cyclonic force of nature in stylishly retro attire, long lashes and a stacked-high beehive.

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 U.K.’s Guardian, which asserted that “her powerhouse voice recalls 1950s stars such as Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline.”

Of her new album’s title, CHICKABOOM! (out February 14, 2020 on Outside Music), 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.

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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.

Subsequently, Tami fell in love with a New Zealander, moved to the bottom of the world and began her solo career. Over many years she built a platform for herself through open-mic nights, playing soulless casinos and the dead-air time-slots at festivals, finding a small group of fellow travellers and supportive players, and then a series of increasingly impressive albums followed.

The early records saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country, a couple recorded around the kitchen table back home in Canada with brother Jay, who is now an acclaimed producer and songwriter. Then awards started coming 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 noted: “There are singers and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn’t big enough.”

Accompanied by her brother and longtime co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the Big Boss Mama will bring her extensive songbook to the open New Zealand road this October. With 7 dates across country in a rare, up-close and personal show, fans can experience the songs acoustically, as they were written. Tickets are on-sale now! See list of dates and ticketing info below.

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Don’t miss Tami and Jay when they’re in a town near you!

For more information and ticketing, head to tamineilson.com

“Tami Neilson is a fire-breathing belter on her own terms.” - ROLLING STONE

“A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” - 
RNZ

“A full-tilt badass monster of music.” - 
SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

"There are singers, and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn't big enough." - 
HMV


Tami Neilson online:
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This is Tami Neilson! New Zealand tour dates announced!

Photo: Anna Lindqveist

Photo: Anna Lindqveist

Multi award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand singer-songwriter Tami Neilson needs no introduction. Having become one of NZ’s most beloved artists of the modern era, blending country, soul and rockabilly into her signature high-octane performances, Neilson’s songs have tugged at our heart-strings and soothed our souls.

Accompanied by Tami’s brother and longtime co-writer/collaborator Jay Neilson, the Big Boss Mama will bring her extensive songbook to the road this October. With 7 dates across New Zealand in a rare, up-close and personal show, fans can experience the songs acoustically, as they were written. Tickets are on-sale now! See list of dates and ticketing info below.

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THIS IS TAMI NEILSON! WITH VERY SPECIAL GUEST JAY NEILSON

NEW ZEALAND TOUR DATES
 

17 OCTOBER - MAYFAIR THEATRE, DUNEDIN [TICKETS]

18 OCTOBER - MEOW, WELLINGTON [TICKETS]

19 OCTOBER - THE PIANO, CHRISTCHURCH [TICKETS]

20 OCTOBER - THE TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND - STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!

21 OCTOBER - NELSON ARTS FESTIVAL, NELSON THEATRE ROYAL, NELSON
[FESTIVAL TICKETS]

26 OCTOBER - THE SAWMILL, LEIGH [TICKETS]

28 OCTOBER - TAURANGA ARTS FESTIVAL, TAURANGA [FESTIVAL TICKETS]
 

Don’t miss Tami and Jay when they’re in a town near you!

For more information and ticketing, head to tamineilson.com

Growing up on the road as two fifths of Canadian country group The Neilsons, Tami and Jay were supporting the likes of Johnny Cash from a very young age. With a wealth of stories from the road, the pair are set to bring some smiles, laughs and tears as they tell the tales behind some of Tami’s biggest songs, like their Silver Scroll Award-winningWalk Back to Your Arms’, as well as exclusively premiering brand new songs from Tami’s upcoming new album.

Neilson’s music has become synonymous with our lives, adored by those at home and around the world for her powerhouse voice and heart-pounding soul injected into every word and every note. Neilson’s 2014 record Dynamite! changed the game musically, attracting a storm of worldwide attention. The album was named one of The Guardian’s Top 10 Country Albums of the Year and climbed to #1 on the NZ Charts in a spine-chillingly exciting triumph for the hard-working, independent artist. It would later take out Best Country Music Album at the 2015 NZ Music Awards, and forge the name ‘Tami Neilson’ into the cultural fabric of New Zealand music forever.

Her recent internationally acclaimed record Sassafrass! (nominated for Album of the Year at the NZ Music Awards) secured a number of glowing accolades worldwide, from the likes of Rolling Stone Country, American Songwriter, Pop Matters and No Depression. Tami now plays to sold out crowds across North America, New Zealand and Europe, on a rigorous international touring schedule. Happy to be coming home, and bringing the magic of family with her; this is one charmer of a live experience not to be missed.

“Tami Neilson is a fire-breathing belter on her own terms.” - ROLLING STONE

“A red-hot honky-tonker, somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with perhaps just a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.” -
RNZ

“A full-tilt badass monster of music.” -
SAVING COUNTRY MUSIC

"There are singers, and then there is Tami Neilson, for whom the word singer just isn't big enough." -
HMV

Keep up with Tami and Jay Neilson as they whip around the country this October!

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