In real life, singer Tami Neilson has a glossy black bangs, a wardrobe of wiggle dresses and enormous Bambi eyes (perfectly captured by artist Misery in the album booklet). There’s no denying the lady’s one hot mama – but when her voice leaks from the speakers on opening song and title track Don’t Be Afraid, it sounds like something that’s been squeezed from the earth rather than from the lungs of a mortal woman. On this track her voice is as old as the Bible, as fresh as a daffodil and as soulful as a choir of sinners in purgatory singing for salvation.
Tami’s a four-time winner of Best Country Music Album at the New Zealand Music Awards, but Don’t Be Afraid also serves up generous helpings of soul and rock n roll. We’re treated to swampy southern gospel on Bury My Body, Latin beats on Loco Mama and down and dirty grooves on Holy Moses, where Tami pleads for mercy.
Don’t be afraid to dip your toe into country with Tami Neilson’s latest album. Holy Moses – you’ll probably love it.
All you have to do is come along to the Glory Days stall, purchase any magazine and sign up to our newsletter to be in with the chance to win a Dynamite LP, a signed copy of The Country Issue and a CD copy of Don't Be Afraid!
Aside from the chance to win this amazing prize, guests at the Matakana Sunday Sessions can expect great music from Bernie Griffen and the Thin Men (another fantastic group of musicians who featured in our Country Issue!), a fantastic range of vintage stalls and delicious local food, wine and beer. Don't be afraid to dress in your Sunday finest, and we look forward to seeing you there!