Currently based in Nashville, the New Zealand born duo takes a unique approach to Americana music, rolling jazz influences, coed harmonies, upright bass, and electric guitar into a sound that's as wide-ranging as the band's own travel schedule. With their self-titled sophomore album, Tattletale Saints push that sound into new directions, adding full-band arrangements and sharp, observational storytelling to the mix.
Bandmates Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan began performing together years ago in a New Zealand-based jazz ensemble before relocating to London, where they experimented with country music as one half of the four-piece Her Make Believe Band. Drawn to Nashville's creative community, the two eventually headed to Nashville in January 2013 to record their first record as a proper duo, teaming up with Grammy-winning producer Tim O'Brien along the way. That album, How Red is the Blood, became a launching pad for Tattletale Saints, earning them an audience on both sides of the Pacific Ocean while also winning the New Zealand Music Award for Folk Album of the Year in 2014.