Country-folk, Indie folk, Singer-songwriter
X, Dead Moon, Neil Young, Lucinda Williams
Tami Hart’s music career began while still a high school student in South Carolina, when she was signed to Mr. Lady Records, and toured as a supporting act for Le Tigre. At age 18, Hart’s debut album, No Light in August, was described in the NY Times by Ann Powers as being one of the best albums of 2000. During that time, Hart toured in support of Sleater-Kinney, Indigo Girls, The Butchies and many more.
Hart moved to San Francisco, forming the post punk band GangWay! (Featuring members of the band No Age). Following a move to NYC, Hart formed two more bands, Winning Looks, recorded by Kathleen Hanna. Hart also formed the Punk meets RnB duo Making Friendz, who’s album Social Life received several notable licensing placements (Last Bummer Records). In 2011, Hart joined the band MEN featuring prominent artist JD Samson of Le Tigre fame.
Tami Hart has recently resurfaced as a solo artist, releasing a collection of old and new demos on the Seattle imprint Disc Drive will be releasing her next EP, Thanks For Saying Hi digitally on Cruisin Records.
Thanks for Saying Hi is many things. First and foremost, it is a triumphant collection of new songs written by Hart and performed with her backing band featuring Kate Ryan of the band FLOWN on drums, and Adrienne Lloyd of Hunter Valentine on bass. It is a game of country mouse and city mouse; both love letter to New York City with twinges of post punk as well as a deep bow to her Southern upbringing with heart on sleeve echoes of country melodies. It is a queer and feminist reclamation of space in both art and music with EP photography by notable artist Elizabeth Orr and paintings by Amy Sillman.
“I started writing and recording my songs at 16 years old as a means of survival and escape from the trappings of a very conservative upbringing in South Carolina,” said Hart. “Today, there is such an exciting resurgence of queer voices in music and especially folk and country-tinged post-punk, and I am so very energized by it. I felt that the timing was right to peak my head out and say hi again.”
Songwriting/Lead guitar: Tami Hart
Drums: Kate Ryan
Bass: Adrienne Lloyd
Album art: Elizabeth Orr (photography) / Amy Sillman (paintings)
1/31 – Brooklyn | Union Pool
2/9 – Beacon, NY | Quinn’s
2/16 – Brooklyn | Union Pool
2/17 – Philadelphia | Upstairs at Abyssinia
4/8 – New York City | Paisley Fields
4/28 – Kingston, NY | Tubby’s
6/9 – Philadelphia | Ukie Club
6/10 – Washington, D.C. | The Quarry House
6/11 – Durham, NC | The Pinhook
On No Light in August (2000) “One of my all-time favorite albums. Written by a teenaged Tami Hart in the 90’s, her guitar playing is like a stripped-down Nirvana, filtered through a big-hearted gay kid with an absolutely massive unforgettable voice, trying to find herself in a hateful world. Tammy’s technically perfect singing is heightened by her vulnerability and gorgeous lyrics. Once you hear just one song, you’ll want to play it over and over again. This is a record that should’ve gotten 10 Grammy awards, but barely anyone knows about it. Absolutely gorgeous and essential.” – Kathleen Hanna, Musician and artist
On the title track, “Thanks For Saying Hi,” Hart’s voice hitches in ways familiar to Sleater-Kinney and Kathleen Hanna fans. Sonically, the band has a punk-rock attack even as it romps through a surf rock-style groove.”