Tami Neilson - "Stay Outta My Business" (Outside): The career and life story of Neilson is a fascinating one. Ontario born and raised, she was a member of the popular Neilson Family country band. Love lured her to New Zealand a decade ago, and she has ascended to award-winning stardom Down Under.
Her reach is expanding internationally, and she has devoted plenty of time to Canada, touring her earlier albums Dynamite and Don't Be Afraid. Her next album, Sassafrass!, comes out June 1, preceded by this rousing single. The bold and brassy tune features horns and backing vocals, but Neilson's powerful force of nature delivery remains front and centre.
Her freewheeling, genre-jumping sound defies easy categorisation, with her label's tag of "twangy rock 'n soul" coming close. Expect Sassafrass! to be more upbeat than Don't Be Afraid, an album created in the aftermath of the death of Tami's father Ron.
After NZ dates, Neilson heads to Europe this summer, with more Canadian shows expected after that.
A charismatic and witty performer and a skilled songwriter, Neilson is the real deal. Watch closely.