Just 23, Tash Sultana is a fast-rising Australian singer-songwriter and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist — and quite possibly the youngest artist ever to headline a Shelburne Museum show — who is making a DIY name for herself as a one-person powerhouse known for her explosive live shows.
Case in point: Her show last week at St. Petersburg, Florida’s Jannus Live “blew minds,” according to the Tampa Bay Times, leaving a sold-out crowd “wondering what they just witnessed.”
Still relatively unknown despite performing steadily for the past decade, Sultana comes to Vermont — part of a huge run of headline shows and festivals — after selling out multiple tours worldwide and blowing away festival audiences at Coachella and Lollapalooza last summer.
Sultana performs in support of her widely lauded debut album, “Flow State,” released last summer. The album, which won the award for Best Blues and Roots album at the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards, followed a string of successful singles by Sultana, including the viral song “Jungle” (which currently has over 37 million views on YouTube).
The “Australian one-person-band writes, sings, produces, shows off her guitar wizardry, and hops through multiple styles on a deeply impressive debut,” said Rolling Stone. And Consequence of Sound called it a “dazzling debut” and “one of the year’s most creative efforts.”
Uproxx called it “bold, innovative, and masterful, much like the artist who created it,” adding: “Sultana dances across the generic barriers of R&B, rock and pop, throwing a middle finger to inaccurate labels and unfair character assessments.”
“The songs shimmer with innovative instrumentals, defying any music critic who might try and reduce Sultana’s sound with comparisons,” Uproxx continued. “The lyrics, if you can tear yourself away from the hypnotic rhythm and winding guitar, are personal, gutsy and honest.” Sultana writes, produces, and plays every instrument on every track.
Sultana’s distinctive style was a perfect fit for a 2018 NPR Tiny Desk Concert. “There’s more here than an exercise in virtuosity, her music is filled with adventure and ambition,” said NPR of the performance. “These songs are rapturous and resonant.”
“When I’m performing and playing music, I become the music,” Sultana told Uproxx. “You lose all concept of time and space. You become that thing that you love.”
Opening the show is Pierce Brothers, an Australian folk duo featuring multi-instrumentalist twin brothers Jack and Pat Pierce. Pierce Brothers perform in support of their 2018 debut album, “Atlas Shoulders,” released last fall.