Title - 'Sassafrass!'
Artist - Tami Neilson
With a soulful voice straight from the golden age of country and rockabilly music, Tami Neilson has sung her heart out along endless roads and stages, garnering well deserved worldwide adoration.
From her days as a young girl in Canada touring with the Neilson Family band, opening for the likes of Johnny Cash, to her full blossoming in New Zealand as a formidable talent in her own right, Tami Neilson has won the Tui Award for each of her past four albums.
Now, and after a wait of 3 years, her adoring fans are finally to be graced with the follow-up to her 2015 album, Don't Be Afraid. Entitled Sassafrass!, this prolific artist has done it once again, as trust me when I say that the powerhouse that is Tami Neilson is, once again, going to be a chart force to be reckoned with.
1. 'Stay Outta My Business'
3. 'Diamond Ring'
4. 'A Woman's Pain'
5. 'Devil In A Dress'
6. 'One Thought Of You'
7. 'Miss Jones'
8. 'Smoking Gun'
9. 'Kitty Cat'
10. 'Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6'
11. 'Good Man'
Neilson's tremendous, crystal clear vocals come to the fore instantly with the horn vibrant 'Stay Outta My Business,' a song that showcases just how easily she can slide into a foot-tappin', hipsway of a note and take you willingly along for the joyous ride.
Coupling an amazing voice with some fun lyrics, Neilson's rockabilly sound makes songs such as both 'Bananas' and the creepin' 'Diamond Ring' perfect summer driving music.
The lo-fi country ballad, 'Woman's Pain' allows Neilson to story tell with serious inclinations, and that's backed by the mid-tempo, drum-backed 'Devil In A Dress,' before she's back in ballad territory with 'One Thought Of You.'
Having since discovered that Nielson's music has been playing throughout one of my favorite Australian crime shows, 'The Brokenwood Mysteries,' I rewatched a few of the scenes where such a thing has been noted, and lo and behold, there she is. So, it's safe to say that, and without knowing it, I've been a fan of Neilson's for rather a long time!
The vibrant 'Miss Jones' is next with the tone brought back down once again for the slow and sultry ballad 'Smoking Gun.' The upbeat, fun, hip-shakin', rockabilly beauty, 'Kitty Cat' is my own personal favorite here, with the road weary ballad 'Manitoba Sunrise at Motel 6,' and then her 'Good Man' ballad (where her range and vocal tone are stunningly reminiscent of Patsy Cline) blending seamlessly to bring (sadly) the new album to a close.
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