It's always fun to hear how people describe Tami Neilson when they first hear her perform. As one member of the press exclaimed, she is “a red-hot honky-tonker landing somewhere between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson with a little bit of Peggy Lee sophistication.”
The multi-award winning Canadian and New Zealand based artist is well-known for her scorching live shows and was lauded as “a fire-breathing belter on her own terms” by Rolling Stone.
Early recordings saw her in a self-created territory between mainstream country and alternative country. Mostly recorded around the kitchen table back home in Canada with brother Jay, who is also an acclaimed producer and songwriter. Soon the awards started coming in New Zealand for albums that added breadth to her “country singer” label such as 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. Her latest highly anticipated album, CHICKABOOM! was released on February 14, 2020.
Having performed with Mavis Staples, Robbie Williams, Colin James, and many more. , 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.
"In short, she tore it up from the floor up. " - No Depression
"Tami Neilson is one of the greatest singers on this entire planet, irrespective of genre or geographic region." - Saving Country Music