Tatiana McPhee currently out of Lincoln California has been singing and writing songs for about 12 years now. All her life she's loved music dearly, wanting so badly to learn the guitar but never really got the chance. Around the age of 10 or 11 her mom wanted her to play the piano and in true stubborn Tatiana fashion she said "guitar or nothing!", which she would later come to regret. She really started to open up and play music back in the early 2000's when she moved to the Sacramento area. Making guest appearances in friends bands which ultimately led her to meeting her lead guitarist Dan Sisson who taught her how to play guitar and bass which in turn furthered her music writing abilities.
Playing in cover bands for most of her musical career she finally decided it was time to branch out and really focus on the original songs that she had been quietly working on behind the scenes for years. "I've never been content to be a mediocre or even a great copy of another mans genius" you may often hear her quote, "I want to be as original as possible, I love to be able to write a song whether it be from experience or a story I had playing in my head and to have someone else be able to connect to that. I think music and art should make the listener or the viewer FEEL something! if you don't feel it then why bother!". Not that she is opposed to covering her favorite tunes. You will often hear her covering songs like Dolly Parton's "Memories of You" & "Jolene", Emmylou Harris' "Two More Bottles of Wine" to Sam Cooke's "Bring it On Home To Me" and many others in between. "I like to cover these songs because these are the songs that led me to loving music so much, these are the types of songs that made ME feel something and helped carry me through my life. When people hear me cover these songs I think its kind of like a piece of the overall puzzle to how I got to the songs I write, they are part of my story. Music to me is so important, its really there for you emotionally no matter where you are. Its so therapeutic. Since I've always been a highly emotional creature this is a great outlet for me, this is how I deal with a lot of things in my life. It makes sense to me." With the release of her debut album Mean Mama she has finally been able to fulfill her dream of being an original musician and songwriter. Influenced by so many different musicians and singers in her life its hard to make a short list but some of them are Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bob Seger, CCR, the Rolling Stones, Social Distortion, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, the Clancy Brothers, the Dubliners. More recent influences include Lindi Ortega, Imelda May, Tommy Ash and many more... " I don't like to put myself in a box when it comes to my music but I guess I would say its predominantly classic country/rock style music with so many more ingredients thrown in!"
In her "free" time you can find her working on original/custom leather work @www.facebook.com/westerncoyoteleather. She is also a registered veterinary technician. Lately she and her band mates from Way Out West (who were the musicians on Mean Mama, along with fellow singer/songwriter JonEmery Dodds) are touring the Northern California area to support the new album. Check out the events page to see where you can find her next!