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Expat Americana duo Tattletale Saints return home in March to celebrate the release of their new album, In the Summertime, out on March 3rd.
On the 2023 release, Cy Winstanley (vocals/guitar) and Vanessa McGowan (vocals/bass) dive deep into old set lists, with fresh takes of everything from old country traditional s and bluegrass to reggae and 70’s pop.
Bill Monroe famously declared you couldn’t tell if a band was any good unless you heard them play something you already knew. On their new album, the Saints take the father of bluegrass to heart with a collection of cover songs that celebrate the diverse sound audiences have been falling in love with since the band’s first New Zealand tour in 2010.
The Auckland-born duo moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2014 and have built flourishing careers as session players in Music City. Individually, they tour and record with various Americana and country acts, and together for multi-Grammy nominated artist Brandy Clark.
Tattletale Saints won the Aotearoa Music Award for Folk in 2014 and 2021, plus a nomination for Silver Scroll in 2013. The 2023 New Zealand tour also celebrates the vinyl release of Dancing Under The Dogwoods, released in 2020 and the winner of the 2021 Aotearoa Music Award.
“Intelligent, entertaining, and thoroughly captivating” Sing Out! Magazine
“Beautiful organic folk songs…shimmers like an Indian summer afternoon” Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“There is a timeless quality to the Tattletale Saints’ music, simultaneously classic roots and modern revival, placing them alongside the more notable artists of today’s scene. There are elements of folk, good old Appalachia-style music, and a splash of country in their sound, too, which they do exceedingly well. And this all comes together to create well-written songs with stirring vocals” No Depression
“Sensitively understated folk and subtle simplicity…songs as memorable, lyrically considered and melodically engaging as many of Paul Simon’s…a very emotionally engaging album” Graham Reid, elsewhere.co.nz
“Cy is a beautiful singer, melodic yet conversational, and a vocal resemblance to Paul Simon is only heightened by the ambitiousness of his songwriting…in the unadorned setting of the duo it becomes clear how complete that talent is” Nick Bollinger