[ Neilson Records / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 25 September 2015
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Rewind to 1972 for the beginnings of this album. A young Ron Neilson recorded a demo "Lonely" outside a hotel room while on tour across Canada. Decades later, it was completed by his daughter Tami when she discovered that demo a week after he passed away in February this year. Such are the stories and legacy behind the songs on this very special and powerful tribute by Tami Neilson.
From the opening title track "Don't Be Afraid", the last song her father ever wrote, Tami takes us on her journey of being pulled downward by the weight of loss and mourning, then strikes out into the face of grief with some of the most defiant fierceness we have heard from her. Reaching out to grasp possibly her best song writing to date, she gives some of her most fully realised performances. As she goes from strength to strength we are left with the treasures she has collected along the way, supported by some of the strongest musical influences in her life. Songs from the masterful pen of her father, her continued work with her brother Jay Neilson, co-writer of "Walk", as well as fellow conspirator Delaney Davidson, all fit seamlessly in this moving testament to the man who laid the foundations of her musical career.
Don't Be Afraid
So Far Away
If Love Were Enough
Bury My Body
Laugh Laugh Laugh
The First Man