Five Questions With Tami Neilson

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We had a chat with country/rockabilly artist Tami Neilson in our newest segment of Five Questions With. Tami will be in Toronto on July 5 at Roy Thompson Hall for their Patio Series , and has a string of other tour dates as well, which you can check out below.

Back in April, Neilson released a video for her newest single, “Stay Outta My Business”. She shares on the single and video,

“This song is all sass and strut and I wanted the visuals to represent a celebration of not giving a damn about people’s judgements and how freeing that is. I love that this was created by a team of badass females – from Annie and Morgan directing and producing, to the girl-squad of my dreams The O’Neill Twins dancing the hell out of it, to artist Maree Robinson who painted the 1950s-musical-meets-Stepford-wives grocery aisle backdrop, I was surrounded by incredibly talented, strong, confident, creative women and that’s a sure-fire recipe for shutting down your local gossip chain!”

Take a few moments and find out more about Toronto’s Tami Neilson below, and watch the video for “Stay Outta My Business”.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers? 

My name is Tami Neilson and I’m a soul/rockabilly/country artist who grew up touring across North America in my family band, The Neilsons. I married a New Zealander and moved to the other side of the world where I’ve been for the last 14 years, making music and winning awards for Best Country Album, Best Female Artist and even the coveted Silver Scroll for excellence in songwriting, which was presented to me by this other lesser-known Kiwi musician named Lorde.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I tend to write and perform an era of music, more than just one genre. That golden age of soul and country in the 50s and 60s is my sweet spot. I paint with the same palette on all my albums, the colours being soul, country, rockabilly, gospel and blues- which are all related and were born in the same place of the deep South- but, on some songs or albums, I tend to use more of one colour than the other and so it changes the overall flavour, but, it’s still all those same colours throughout.  

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance? 

Yes, I’ll be doing some shows around Ontario, including the Patio Sessions at Roy Thompson Hall (5 pm on July 5th) and the iconic Mariposa Folk Festival. I can’t wait! If you like music that’s soulful, sassy and works up a sweat, buckle your seatbelts and come to help us burn up the stage.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be? 

Well, “Holy Moses” from my last album went to #2 on the CBC charts, so, it may be a good one to start with for Canadians!

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Always and forever, KD Lang, Joni Mitchell, Anne Murray and Hank Snow. My inner 16-year-old will always belt “Summer of 69” at the top of her lungs and proudly profess her love of Bryan Adams. I am ecstatic that I’ll get to see Buffy Sainte-Marie when we both perform at Mariposa. Be still my heart.

Tour Dates:
July 5 Roy Thompson Hall Patio Series
July 6 – 8 Mariposa Folk Festival Orillia, ON
July 11 Peter’s Players Gravenhurst, ON
July 12 NEAT Café Burnstown, ON
July 13 – 14 Signal Brewery Corbyville, ON

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