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Brother and sisters, let the power of music compel you to take a journey through soul, country, gospel and blues and hear how it all became rock and roll – can I get an Amen!

Award-winning songstress Tami Neilson and her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm are bringing their hit show ‘Tami Neilson Sings! The Songs of Sinners’ to Mount Maunganui’s Totara Street on June 10.

“I’m excited, it’s been about a year since I’ve headlined a tour in New Zealand, so I’m really looking forward to hitting all the spots and seeing all the familiar faces around the country,” she says.

‘Songs of Sinners’ will see Tami belt out classic and rare songs from legendary musicians who’ve all had a hand in inspiring her to become the musician she is today – like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Howlin’ Wolf, Mavis Staples, Blind Willie Johnson, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, and more.

“Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Chuck Berry wanted to be her and so he copied her style of guitar playing. Or Mavis Staple, Elvis covered one of her songs and she also influenced Prince, who, when he became an artist himself, produced two of her albums in the 80s.

“All these incredible artists, who may not necessarily be mainstream to the point everyone knows who they are, are the ones that many artists, from Elvis to Michael Jackson, were inspired by.”

Tami says she and the band have been hard at work rehearsing for the upcoming tour which she describes as being an “amazing experience”.

But while it’s been refreshing for her and the band to learn 12-15 songs that are not only new for the audience, but also them too, she says there are no small songs in the show, “they’re all big songs vocally.

“It’s an invigorating and energising show to sing, but it plays havoc with your vocal chords. As a vocalist, it’s a pretty intense workout, but I love that, I love being able to drain myself and feel like you’ve really given your all.”

Tami Neilson and her Hot Rockin’ Band of Rhythm presents ‘Tami Neilson Sings! The Songs of Sinners’ at Totara Street in Mount Maunganui on June 10. Tickets cost $35 plus booking fees and are available online from Ticketmaster or UnderTheRadar.

The Weekend Sun has one double pass to give away to one lucky reader who can tell us the name of Tami’s upcoming show.

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