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Tami Gosnell: Press

"Tami Gosnell possesses the strongest pipes in Colorado, a sultry rasp worthy of an autumn breeze in a rocky meadow. The words don't so much come from her mouth as they seep from her entire body, producing a brand of full-contact folk that belongs as much to the genre of soul—in spirit if not entirely in sound. But Gosnell is more than just a powerful voice. She's also a gifted guitarist and performer, not to mention songwriter. The combination of talent, performance and stage presence earned her an opening gig last year at the Fox Theatre when she won the first-ever I'm Playing the Fox Open Mic Competition at Conor O'Neills. One of the winning numbers from that competition was "Very Free Now," which appears on Star Satellite. It's an upbeat folk-rocker in the vein of early Melissa Etheridge that showcases Gosnell at her most intense. Other standout tracks include "Abilene," the moving "New Town Fairy" and the surprisingly poppy "Everybody Run." "Horse of Course" is another popular tune that works well as a solo acoustic number live and a full-band stomp on record. Star Satellite closes with the piano ballad "Earthshaking Goodbye," but Gosnell is at top of her game on the bluesy "Where's Your Fire," a distortion-laden rocker in which Gosnell's voice is complemented by equally smokin' guitar work. With Star Satellite, Gosnell has emerged as one of the area's most talented performers, bringing her a step closer to where she should be—headlining the Fox, not opening." 

Vince Darcangelo - Boulder Weekly (Jan 10, 2007)

This time in the news, Crystal Bowersox, the American Idol runner-up in 2010, was compared to Tami: Crystal Bowersox's 'American Idol' Experience During her brief time onscreen, we didn't find out much about her. She was ID'd onscreen as a "musician/mom" and walked away from the audition with her young son in one hand and her golden ticket in the other. The contestant who people were talking about most the next day was Katelyn Epperly, and there was little indication that Crystal would soon become the show's top seed. If anything, she reminded us of season six's Tami Gosnell, a free spirit with blues in her soul who soared in her audition but was booted in Hollywood Week.

Eric Ditzian - MTV.com (Apr 20, 2010)
Remember Tami Gosnell, the pedicab driver from Colorado? Now there was a star. When she sang "Whipping Post" during her audition, it was like that scene in "The Queen" when Helen Mirren's Queen Elizabeth is nearly rendered speechless by the sight of a magnificent, elusive stag. Such moments happen rarely, when we least expect them.

So invigorating was Gosnell's bluesy, natural performance that it required another viewing, courtesy of DVR. She had a certain something -- a quality that can vaguely be described as "IT."

She was also inexplicably cut after this year's Hollywood rounds. In a sea of "blah," Gosnell certainly stood out.

Isn't that worth voting for?
"But let's start with the good or, more accurately, the totally frickin' awesome. I know we only got to hear a little snippet of Tami Gosnell's ''Whipping Post,'' but she delivered it with the ferocity and fearlessness of a woman who's spent her life on an uphill climb — which may actually be the case, considering that Tami earns a living as a pedicab driver. Simon was right that the 29-year-old came off like ''someone who'd have been a big star in the '60s,'' and with her stringy hair, makeup-free complexion, pierced lip, and earth-goddess curves, Tami's probably the closest Idol will ever come to a modern-day Janis Joplin."
"Gosnell’s voice has much of the same bluesy, commanding style that was indicative of Joplin, but her material has a surreal sense about it: almost as if Mazzy Star or Tori Amos had joined forces with the deceased icon. Her songwriting is intelligent, even complex in moments."
"Though the wet dream of a Janis Joplin/Ani DiFranco double bill will always
remain fantasy, Tami Gosnell offers a hint of what this would sound like in
one soulful, dynamite performance."
Vince Darcangelo - Boulder Weekly
Tami Gosnell, the woman who sang Whipping Post in a '60s blues/rock-styled voice, was probably the first and only contestant I really liked thus far in these audition shows. So far she's the only one with a voice that sounds like something distinct, someone whose record I may actually want to hear. We've seen other technically good singers but most sound like the interchangeable faceless pop/R&B stars of today. Tami seems to have raw soul.
"Gosnell's gracious pitch will stick with you and her upbeat and ambitious lyrics can place a spell on you of overwhelming joy and comfort."
Rebecca D. Allen - North Platte Telegraph
"Tami is one of the most promising talents in the valley today. Strong songwriting and an enigmatic performer, there is a bright future ahead of her."
Polychronopolis - KZYR Radio