Tami Neilson brings fifth album "Kingmaker" over to Europe22-08-2022
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.
Now the queen of Kiwi country is back with her fifth album Kingmaker, according to the Guardian effortlessly channeling Patsy Cline and featuring a soaring duet with fan Willie Nelson on Beyond the Stars. Strong-voiced 50s divas – of whom Willie is reminded – remain a central strand of Neilson’s work and she handles a potentially saccharine number with brio, its accompanying video exhibiting Neilson’s impressive way with gothic frockery.
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.
This month into early September Tami Neilson will be over for a select number of shows:
25/08 - 28/08: Tønder, DK - Tønder Festvial
31/08: Paris, FR - Balajo
03/09: Vlieland, NL - Into The Great Wide Open