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Tami Neilson Launches SASSAFRASS! + Announces NZ Tour Dates

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Tami Neilson Launches SASSAFRASS! + Announces NZ Tour Dates

Following the launch of her sassy new album SASSAFRASS! this month, Tami Neilson is about to embark on a seven-date tour of New Zealand that kicks off in Nelson on July 26.  

A European tour has also been announced for August and September.

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The award-winning Canadian-born, New Zealand-based singer-songwriter launched SASSAFRASS! - slang for a sassy person who isn’t afraid to speak her mind - on June 1, after debuting the lead single ‘Stay Outta My Business’ (watch the video below).

This time around, she places a heavier emphasis on soul music, while carefully merging her country and rockabilly roots, powerhouse vocals, and the captivating retro style she has become known for.

Neilson co-produced SASSAFRASS! with Ben Edwards, who also co-produced her last two critically-acclaimed albums, DYNAMITE! and DON’T BE AFRAID, alongside Delaney Davidson.

Backing her up in the studio on SASSAFRASS! was her talented band, the Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm, made up of: Joe McCallum (drums), Mike Hall (bass), Brett Adams (guitar) and Neil Watson (guitar and pedal steel), who have toured with her around the globe over the past three years. A brass section and strings enhance the album’s classic qualities. 

For the past decade, Neilson has been an integral part of the New Zealand music scene, with countless accolades to her name, including a handful of ‘Best Country Album’ awards at the New Zealand Music Awards and the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll for excellence in songwriting.

PHOTO / Mrs Jones

PHOTO / Mrs Jones

Once you've fallen in love with the new album, be sure to check out the SASSAFRASS! Tour, which sees Neilson and the Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm play around the country.

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Thursday 26 July - Theatre Royal, NELSON

Friday 27 July - Isaac Theatre Royal, CHRISTCHURCH

Saturday 28 July - Glenroy Auditorium, DUNEDIN

Wednesday 1 August - Clarence Street, HAMILTON

Thursday 2 August - MTG Century Theatre, NAPIER

Friday 3 August - Opera House, WELLINGTON

Saturday 4 August - Town Hall, AUCKLAND