Canadian expat Tami Neilson brings old country from New Zealand
Canadian musicians often head off to other countries to kickstart their careers. Neil Young and Joni Mitchell went to the States. Peaches decamped to Berlin. Feist discovered fame in France.
Tami Neilson is part of that expat train, except she's travelled further than most.
She grew up touring across Canada as a member of a country group, The Neilson Family. But a decade ago, she relocated to New Zealand. Since then, she's become a Kiwi country-music sensation, winning four Tui Awards — New Zealand's answer to the Grammys.
But audiences in Canada are still playing catch-up. Her 2014 independent effort, Dynamite!, has been given a proper release here through Outside Music. Today she joins Shad in studio q to perform from the album.