shares new single “You Were Mine”
from CHICKABOOM! out February 14
via Outside Music
With only a month remaining till the release of her new LP, CHICKABOOM!, Tami Neilson is sharing another new track from the upcoming album, which premiered on Billboard.“You Were Mine” was written together with her brother Jay Neilson, Tami says “we had recently lost our beloved Dad and were discussing how, when you lose someone, it is such a line in the sand, a marker in time. We talk about everything in terms of “before” and “after”- each family event, each movie that comes out, each album that is recorded…”was Dad there for that? Did he see that movie or was it after? He would’ve loved that album…” So, this song is for anyone who measures time against a deep loss of love that was an integral part of the fabric that makes up your life.”
The song was supposed to come complete with a music video for the track created by her brother Todd Neilson, however now is not the right time to share it. Tami says “while I am so incredibly proud of what an amazing visual clip he created, I have decided against releasing it at this time, due to the element of fire being a prominent part of the video. I am a Canadian / New Zealander who resides in NZ where the skies have been hazy, orange, and smoke-filled as we grieve for our Australian neighbours fighting the terrible bushfires. Please donate and help the beautiful people of this beautiful country.”
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 Clineor 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 Guardian, which asserted that “her powerhouse voice recalls 1950s stars such as Wanda Jackson and Patsy Cline.”
Tami grew up performing across North America with Canada’s 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. Though she left the comforts of her loving family and musical community in Canada, 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; 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.
01 Call Your Mama
02 Hey Bus Driver!
03 Ten Tonne Truck
04 Queenie, Queenie
05 You Were Mine
06 16 Miles Of Chain
07 Tell Me That You Love Me
08 Any Fool With A Heart
09 Sister Mavis