Tami Neilson to tour Europe with "CHICKABOOM!"17-12-2019
Canadian-born, New Zealand-Based dynamo vocalist Tami Neilson gets back to her family roots with popping new album CHICKABOOM! due in February via Outside Music.
Is she country, rock or soul? This phenomenal talent creates music for all.
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!, 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.
The road has now led to CHICKABOOM!, which is something different, and even more personal. “In the past year, I started to notice something,” she says. “The artists I would spend time with backstage at festivals, the ones I gravitated to the most and followed on social media ... artists like the Secret Sisters, Shovels & Rope, Kasey Chambers, Brandi Carlile ... they all had 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 my music-writing, recording and creating with me, but I wanted family on this project and on the road with me again.” Brother Jay flew to Auckland, New Zealand from Toronto to record a selection of new songs that have unmistakable sibling magic and harmonies. “I don’t think he quite understands what he’s gotten himself into but now the album’s coming out it’s a bit too late. Sucker,” she laughs.
With CHICKABOOM! Tami Neilson will be over in Europe in April and May:
25/03 Madrid, ESP - El Sol
26/03 Bilbao, ESP - Kafe Antzokia, Kutxa Beltza
27/03 Avilés, ESP - Factoría Cultural
28/03 Vitoria, ESP - Helldorado
29/03 Zaragoza, ESP - Rock & Blues Café
02/04 Beauvais, FR - Ouvre Boit
03/04 Blois, FR - All That Jazz
04/04 Béthune, FR - Le Poche
07/04 Copenhagen, DK - Amager Bio