Outside Music Presents
Tami Neilson (Canada/NZ)
Canadian Tami Neilson, the first lady of Sass has become a star in her adopted home of New Zealand alongside her brother in soul Marlon Williams, winning multiple awards included the Silver Scroll. She’s been hailed by Rollingstone, NPR, and Maclean’s Magazine saying “A voice — equal parts Patsy Cline, Mavis Staples and Etta James — at the height of its powers”.
Recorded at The Sitting Room in Lyttelton, New Zealand, SASSAFRASS! was co-produced by Tami Neilson and Ben Edwards, who also co-produced her last two critically acclaimed albums “Dynamite!” and “Don’t Be Afraid”. She’s accompanied by her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm: Joe McCallum (drums), Mike Hall (bass), Brett Adams (guitar) and Neil Watson (guitar and pedal steel) who have joined her on her extensive international touring schedule the past 3 years. For the first time, this tight unit is joined by a brass section, expanding Tami’s sound and making this album a broader soundscape, while strings add a lush, cinematic touch.
Like a soundtrack curated for a Tarantino film, Neilson manages to deliver subversive lyrics wrapped up in vibrant candy-colored packages of soul, rockabilly, blues and Patsy Cline-esque country in equal measure.
“SASSAFRASS” (slang): A sassy person who isn’t afraid to speak their mind.
Doors 6PM - Playing Times TBC