Album Spotlight: Chickaboom! By Tami Neilson

While WYEP's Joey Spehar stays home to practice social-distancing, WYEP's Rosemary Welsch introduces listeners to the new album "Chickaboom!" from New Zealand country star, Tami Neilson.

“She’s a really amazing performer that you probably don't know about. She started off as a kid in a family band The Neilsons with her parents and her two brothers. Their music was sort of country,” says Welsch.

The Neilsons shared the stage with the likes of Johnny Cash, Kitty Wells and Tanya Tucker. While touring with her family, she visited New Zealand, fell in love with the country and ended up staying and making her career there.

While billed as a country artist, Tami Neilson’s music isn’t exactly what we think of when we consider American country music.

“This is something that is a little different. It's really more of rockabilly and a little punk attitude in it. I've seen this woman compared to Patsy Cline and Peggy Lee. There's a little bit of schmaltz that goes along with this record but there is so much more,” says Welsch.

The album is a quick listen and might be the perfect album to listen to at home.

“She's got a good sense of humor and if you've got a good ear, you want something a little different to listen to at home, this is a quick listen. I think there are something like 10 songs on the record and they are all pretty short, but it is so much fun and there is so much variety on it. I think it is the kind of record that even the kids will get a kick out of. I hope you enjoy it,” says Welsch.

You can hear Rosemary Welsch’s full album review here:

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